The Los Angeles Unified School District is transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS, adopted by the State Board of Education in September, 2013). Teachers are encouraged to attend professional development provided by the Local Districts and bring the materials to schools to discuss with colleagues and collaborate to explore the new standards. The focus should be on grasping the shifts of NGSS and on modifying lessons so students are engaged in the 3 dimensional learning (3D Learning) of the Science and Engineering Practices, The Disciplinary Core Ideas, and The Crosscutting Concepts.
Currently, there is an NGSS interim assessment option for schools transitioning to NGSS. Teachers are encouraged to try out this option or at least explore it to understand the demands of NGSS. These items were adopted from performance tasks provided by the NGSS official website www.nextgenscience.org