NGSS Key Facts
As one of 26 lead states, California is gathering and delivering feedback from state-level committees to the writers of the standards. Senate Bill 300, as chaptered, requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to present recommended science content standards. Senate Bill 1200, extended the presentation of new science standards to the State Board of Education to July 31, 2013. The State Board of Education must adopt, reject, or modify those standards by November 30, 2013.
Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) is a very large bill that will replace the STAR program with a new assessment system called CalMAPP21 (California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress for the 21st Century). The primary focus of the bill is to suspend non-federally required assessments for the 2013/14 school year and offer new Common Core aligned consortium assessments in the 2014/2015 school year. While dealing primary with Common Core assessments, the bill does take some first steps in overhauling the state assessment system. As noted by the author in the hearing, this will not be the last bill on assessment, it is merely the first step.