California Regional Environmental Education Community
News and Updates
Final Draft of The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
is now available!After an extensive year and a half development process, the
final draft of the NGSS is now available.
Based on the National Research Councilís (NRC) A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, the NGSS were developed by 26 Lead State Partners, including California. The draft standards underwent numerous private and public reviews, with thousands of comments submitted to Achieve, Inc., the non-profit managing partner of the NGSS.
The NGSS and supporting Appendices can be found on the
Achieve, Inc. website at: http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.
As required by Senate Bill 300, the State Superintendent of
Public Instruction (SSPI) is required to recommend new Science Content
Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve based
upon the NGSS. Senate Bill 1200 requires these new science standards to
be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) by July 31, 2013. The SBE
must adopt, modify, or reject the presented standards by November 30, 2103.
In Fall 2011, the SSPI convened a group of 80 science experts; a State Review Team (SRT) representative of K-12 science teachers, administrators, county science consultants, college and university professors, and business and industry. The SRT has reviewed numerous drafts of the NGSS, facilitated regional review sessions, and submitted feedback to Achieve, Inc.
This Spring, the CDE, with the support of the California Comprehensive Center of WestEd, will facilitate three Regional Public Stakeholder meetings, where members of the public will have the opportunity to hear about the development process of the NGSS and to provide feedback to the CDE. The dates and locations of these meetings are currently being finalized.
Public comments from these meetings will be shared with the
California Science Expert Panel (SEP), a smaller group representative of the
SRT, who will convene this Spring to analyze the NGSS, ensure they meet the
rigor of Californiaís current science standards, and submit to the SSPI new
Science Standards based on the NGSS. For more detailed information about
the development process, please visit the CDEís NGSS web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssintrod.asp.
Thank you for your continued support in the development of the NGSS. If you havenít already, we encourage you to join the NGSS CDE electronic mailing list by sending a blank e-mail to email@example.com.
NAAEE and the E-STEM Initiative
Update: Education and the Environment Initiative
The State Board of Education approved all 85 EEI units. The current versions of the EEI units are available at http://www.californiaeei.org
Are you interested in receiving continuing education units for EEI training? Visit: http://lretprod.com/EEI/ceuProgram/ceuProgramMain.html
NAAEE Environmental Literacy Plan Survey Results
NAAEE staff conducted a nationwide survey on the status of environmental literacy plan development in all the states. Read the results of the Environmental Literacy Plan Survey and see the interest across the nation. Four states have already passed legislation to support plan development.
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