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CaMSP September 2014 Newsletter

The California Teacher Content Assessment in Science

The Science Demonstration Center recently partnered with the statewide evaluator for the California Math and Science Project (CaMSP), Public Works, to develop the California Teacher Content Assessment in Science (CTCAS). The CaMSP partnerships are funded under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) with an emphasis in increasing teachers' mathematics and science content with measured results. The CTCAS is designed to assess the effectiveness of professional development programs on teachers' content knowledge in science based on mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The CTCAS has the potential to fulfill a critical role in evaluating present and future CaMSP projects, as a no valid and reliable instrument currently exists for measuring the effectiveness of STEM-based professional development programs in improving teachers' science content knowledge.

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About this Newsletter

The Math and Science Demonstration Centers are creating a monthly newsletter for all CaMSP projects. The information is focused on areas that interest STEM projects. In future newsletters individual projects will be featured. These articles will highlight the projects' design, which areas of STEM they have integrated, grade span, and successes. If you would like to see any other types of articles please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your ideas.

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Feds offer states big early learning grants

(District of Columbia) The Obama administration opened Wednesday the application process for states to compete for a share of $250 million in new early learning development grants.

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Supporting the Transition to Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments

In order to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education successful, we need to make sure all our students have a solid foundation in mathematics so they can pursue higher level coursework in the other disciplines. The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) has helped us along that path by encouraging teachers to focus on multiple strategies and representations to support all students in developing mathematical understanding, intuition, and flexibility.

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New science standards take next steps to classroom

(Calif.) A new implementation plan will be under the microscope as the state department of education considers how to begin rolling out the new Next Generation Science Standards in schools.

The public has through Aug. 25 to review a draft of the plan, which lays out eight strategies to help districts integrate a new science curriculum into K-12 classrooms over the next few years.

"We're a big state with 6.2 million students, and there's no way we can just turn on a switch and implement those standards right away," said Chris Breazeale, education programs consultant for

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STEM Resources

Engineering is Elementary is an award winning, cross-disciplinary curriculum that integrates engineering with science concepts. Fun, engaging engineering challenges boost student interest in engineering. Currently, there are 20 units that span from first to fifth grade. Each unit takes about 8-10 hours of classroom instruction.

Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teachers science and history/social science standards through an environmental lens. Curriculum is now aligned to the Common Core Standards. They are in the process of aligning the curriculum to the NGSS.