NGSS and 2013 California Science Standards Revision Key Facts:
SB 1200 (Hancock) is pending signature by the Governor, this bill will extend the timeline for the adoption of new science standards in California to later in 2013. The bill moves the deadlines of March 30, 2013 and July 30, 2013 described in the bullet below to July 31, 2013 and November 30, 2013, respectively. This extension of the timeline is to allow Achieve, the organization writing the NGSS, more time to incorporate changes based on the public and state-level feedback they received from their first drafts.
SB 300 (Hancock) was signed by Governor Brown in October, 2011. This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to present to the State Board of Education recommended science content standards by March 30, 2013. The drafting of these recommended standards are to utilize the Next Generation Science Standards as the basis for deliberations and recommendations to the state board. The State Board must then adopt, reject, or modify the presented standards by July 30, 2013.
California is participating as a lead state partner in the development and review process of the Next Generation Science Standards, whose drafting are being coordinated by Achieve. Part of the commitment of being a lead state partner is to "give serious consideration to adopting the resulting Next Generation Science Standards as presented."