NGSS Summer Institute and Assessment Update
All Grades

Principal Bulletin Informational

Please inform your teachers of the following opportunity:

NGSS Summer Institute
August 16-18
8:30am – 12:00pm
C.K McClatchy High School
Sign Up Link:

These sessions will be a great way to learn more about the NGSS and ways to implement the new standards in your classroom. Here are some quick facts about the sessions:

  • There will be time each day to plan with colleagues that teach at your grade level.
  • The sessions will integrate the 15-16 professional learning and our 16-17 professional learning targets.
  • The sessions are in series (not repeated), attend as many as you can. We know that there may be conflicting professional learning opportunities.
  • The sessions are paid per diem.
  • Each grade each day level has a maximum of 30 spots – sign up quickly!

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved phasing out the CSTs for the 16-17 school year and rolling out a computer-based NGSS census pilot assessment in its place. The CDE is in the process of drafting a waiver to the federal government to administer the pilot assessment in place of the CSTs. This could lead to two possible scenarios:

1. An NGSS aligned assessment in place of the CSTs in grades 5, 8 and high school.

2. An NGSS aligned assessment and the CSTs in grades 5, 8 and high school.

I will keep you posted as we get more information from the CDE.