California STEM Learning Network Applauds Release Of The Highly-Anticipated Next Generation Science Standards

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New standards promise a transformation of science education throughout California.

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"These new standards represent a conceptual shift regarding what students need to know and be able to do in science and engineering," said CSLNet CEO Chris Roe.

After a comprehensive process spanning several years, the highly anticipated final draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 public instruction are being released today by ACHIEVE in partnership with the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) applauds the release of the final NGSS and the promise they hold for California. As one of the lead states in the development of NGSS, California now has the opportunity to lead the nation by being one of the first states to adopt the standards.

“This is an exciting day for students and our state,” said Chris Roe, CEO of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). “These new standards will energize and engage students as future scientists, engineers and informed citizens.”

The NGSS promises a transformation of science education for all the state’s 6.3 million K-12 students by fostering deeper understanding of the key concepts and practices associated with science and engineering. In addition, by integrating with and building upon California’s recently adopted new standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts, the NGSS will further promote the creativity, critical thinking and real-world application skills that our students need for success in work and life.

These new standards represent a conceptual shift regarding what students need to know and be able to do in science and engineering and directly align with CSLNet’s mission to ensure that all of the states’ graduates are fully prepared for success in college, career and life in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Improving STEM education is especially important for the long-term vitality of California’s technology and innovation-driven economy and for reversing the shortages of skilled STEM workers that our employers currently face.

“As the STEM network for the state, CSLNet pledges to continue working with our partners to mobilize expertise within our vast network to support the California Department of Education, school districts and educators in the adoption and implementation of NGSS,” added Roe.


If you’d like more information about NGSS, STEM education, or to schedule an interview with CSLNet CEO Chris Roe, please call Tihanna McCleese @ 415-315-1728 or send an email to tmccleese(at)cslnet(dot)org.

Who We Are: The California STEM Learning Network is a San Francisco-based non-profit
founded in 2010 to create a statewide network of champions to ensure all California students have access to high quality STEM learning opportunities that prepare them for success in college, career and their daily lives. (

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