California's Science Adoption
In September 2013, the State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, kindergarten through grade 12 (CA NGSS) based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Rigorous standards, supported by aligned, high quality instructional materials, are critical for student learning and teacher success.
Additional Resources: California Instructional Quality Commission’s Preliminary Science Materials Report, California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS), California Framework for K-12 Science Education, Science Innovations Instructional Materials Guidance (PEEC)
CalCurriculum has tailored our adoption process (developed with and for districts) to the unique attributes of science materials adoption. We currently offer grant-funded workshops to support districts through their science adoption process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or request a workshop.
Overview of Science Adoption Process
- Pre-work: Understand your district’s prior adoption processto set parameters and goals for this new adoption process, taking your district’s specific content into consideration. Establish a committee with members who have a strong understanding of the CA NGSS and instructional materials. Build support for your process by engaging all stakeholders impacted by adoption decisions (school board, parents, unions, etc).
- Alignment:Review CDE preliminary adoption report on adopting science materials. Ensure that materials are aligned to NGSS Standards and Innovations with NextGen TIME’s tools and the forthcoming EdReports reviews.
- Local priorities: After establishing standards alignment, further narrow your selections by determining how well materials meet the local priorities and select three to four materials to pilotor study through a professional learning community.
- Decision: Lead your team through a decision-making processand prepare to share the data and how the process worked with stakeholders.
- Implementation: Plan for supplementing your materials (as needed), training, developing your staff, and assessing effectiveness over the next several years.