CSTA Legislative Update
The California Department of Education is pleased to announce that it is recruiting members for five focus groups to provide input on the upcoming Science Framework. The Science Framework will incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in September 2013. Click here to apply by the December 2nd deadline.
SB300 (Chapter 480, Statutes of 2013) calls for the revision of the Science Framework to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Among the first steps in the revision of the Science Framework are the recruitment and subsequent appointment of focus group members by the California Department of Education (CDE). Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, Section 9511, the CDE will convene at least four public focus groups of educators in different regions of California to gather comments on the revision of the Science Framework.
The following information on instructional materials selection procedures in California changes is worth your attention. AB 1246 (Brownley) has just passed the Assembly and is moving to the Senate. The bill was originally part of AB 250 which was signed by the Governor in October, but was removed in order to allow more work on this portion of the bill. The resulting bill AB 1246 calls for the adoption cycle of all materials to change from six to eight years, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and authorizes school districts, to submit materials to the State Board of Education (SBE) for review. It also requires the SBE to adopt procedures for the review of said materials. Current law requires the Instructional Quality Commission (formerly the Curriculum Commission) to make the recommendations to the SBE. The bill is still subject to change as it winds its way through the legislature, CSTA will update CCS as changes occur.