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California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative

The initiative is a partnership among K-12 Alliance@WestEd, the California Department of Education, Achieve, eight school districts, and two charter management organizations engaged in digging deep into California Next Generation Science Standards as an effort to share and support high-quality science teaching and learning across California and other states adopting NGSS.

Background

The California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative was developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input on its design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and Achieve. This Initiative began in August of 2014 as a fast-start demonstration project to build local education agency (LEA) capacity to fully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades K-8. Partners in the project are eight school districts, and two charter management organizations: Aspire, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, High Tech High, Kings Canyon Unified School District, Lakeside Union School District, Oakland Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, Tracy Unified School District, and Vista Unified School District. These partner districts and charters serve as a "lab" to selectively beta-test NGSS-aligned instructional materials, implementation tools, and performance assessment prototype items. Learnings from these districts will be shared statewide to advance high-quality science teaching and learning.

Download this two-page initiative overview.

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Project Directors

Learnings

  • Next Generation Science Standards in Practice: Tools and Processes Used by the California NGSS Early Implementers. ( View Summary | View Report )
  • The Needle is Moving in California K-8 Science. ( View Summary | View Report )
  • The Synergy of Science and English Language Arts: Means and Mutual Benefits of Integration. ( View Summary | View Report )
  • Administrators Matter in NGSS Implementation: How School and District Leaders Are Making Science Happen. ( View Summary | View Report )
  • Developing District Plans for NGSS Implementation: Preventing Detours and Finding Express Lanes on the Journey to Implement the New Science Standards. ( View Summary | View Report )

Resources




California Science Education Conferences:

View 2018 California Science Education Conference
View 2017 California Science Education Conference
View 2016 California Science Education Conference