Updated Math and Science Standards:
California’s schools continue to work to implement Common Core mathematics standards and will now be working to implement the Next Generation Science Standards. Just as the Common Core State Standards raised expectations for achievement in math, the Next Generation Science Standards represent a huge victory for STEM education. The standards will help ensure that all schools teach science and engineering in a way that is relevant to the challenges of today’s world, with topics like clean energy production and space exploration.
STEM & LCFF:
The state strategy for school funding—the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)—gives school districts an unprecedented opportunity to improve student outcomes by investing more budget dollars toward the teaching of critical subjects, including STEM. LCFF requires districts to engage the public as they develop their budgets, which means community members have the opportunity to work with their schools to promote STEM education in the coming months. Under LCFF, local leaders are the decision-makers, and we at California STEM Network are working hard to encourage educators, parents, business-people, and community members to get involved and get their schools to invest in STEM education.