MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE STANDARDS
Los Angeles Unified School District has selected the Integrated Model published in the CA NGSS Framework for science middle grades. An interOffice Correspondence was sent to all schools to guide and support the implementation. All LAUSD middle schools are implementing the new integrated courses for science. Click on this link to download the standards:The California Next Generation Science Standards- Preferred Integrated Model.
The rigor and expectations of the three dimensional learning of NGSS for each grade band endpoints are well defined. It is of great importance that teachers use the progression document as they are planning thier instruction.SUPPORTING SCHOOLS FOR NGSS FULL IMPLEMENTATIONTeachers are encouraged to attend professonal developments offered by their local districts and the Division of Instruction. Each Local District has its own network of support for science instruction. Professional development opportunities for teachers are currently available and ongoing. For more information, contact your Local District staff.The Division of Instruction in collaboration with local districs rolled out 6 NGSS modules during Training the Trainer sessions with department chairs or their designees. Science departments are encouraged to engage in the module(s) that address their need.Moving towards NGSS is a process and best done as a collaborative approach. An ongoing collaboration is needed within and across grade levels since some of the content has shifted. Teachers may use the curriculum maps on the Middle School Instructional Resources page for guidance on standards and suggestions for units and assessment.A Middle School Science Schoology Group is available for teachers to interact, share resources and best practices. Please contact Ayham Dahi at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the access code. The Schoology Group also houses the LAUSD interim assessment which you may assign to your students on Schoology.