West Ed’s Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning has unpacked the landscape of California State Standards implementation by examining key drivers of implementation such as funding, professional learning, and instructional shifts. Now, a new report looks across those domains to explore how districts are approaching implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
FINDING 1: Districts report a disconnect between the timeline for NGSS and capacity to implement. They’re constrained by a complexity of factors including inadequate instructional resources, and lack of bandwidth in the midst of ongoing math and ELA challenges.
FINDING 2: Half of all district leaders they spoke with have not begun allocating funds toward NGSS implementation. An additional quarter of district leaders report still being in the planning stages for funding NGSS implementation.
FINDING 3: District leader perceptions suggest that teachers may not yet have had time to benefit from the training and practice needed to master the instructional shifts demanded by the Next Generation Science Standards.
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