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How are the NGSS for California different than the 1998 California Science Standards?

The NGSS for California are different than current 1998 California Science Standards (PDF). The NGSS for California emphasize the importance of having a deep understanding of science concepts and engaging in scientific thinking. The proposed standards further acknowledge the importance of addressing big ideas and cross cutting concepts.

The NGSS for California also emphasize:

  • The integration of science and engineering practices within the content
  • The integration of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and Mathematics
  • The integration of skills and practices across the content areas as the foundation of STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
  • Student understanding and use of scientific knowledge within and across science disciplines
  • Learning progressions that develop from K-12