Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/13/2022 - 6:00 PM
Category: Superintendent's Report
Type: Info/Action
Subject: 14.1 Review and potential approval of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Materials for Elementary Grades TK-5
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 1: All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable and high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and/or career.
File Attachment:
ES FINAL Carolina Science Materials Quote 4.6.22.pdf
Elementary Science Adoption 21_22 Board Presentation.pdf
Summary: The Elementary Science Adoption Committee began meeting Fall 2021 and included representatives from all feeder patterns and communities across the District. The team included teachers, dual language teachers, and administrators. Materials were available for review by the community for three weeks at the end of November 2021 at the Willow Creek Center and feedback surveys were collected. After reviewing materials and presentations from a variety of vendors, using California Department of Education evaluation tools, the elementary team decided to pilot TCI and Carolina Biological. Each pilot lasted five weeks with training provided by the publishers prior to each pilot. At the end of the two pilots, the teachers met in-person to review the data collected, community survey results, and compared materials to District and State criteria with consideration to our diverse district needs to make a recommendation. The committee is recommending an 8-year contract with Carolina Biological - Building Blocks of Science be adopted as the TK-5 science materials. This contract would include online and printed materials, lab kits and refills, teacher professional development, and the materials will be available in Spanish in support of emerging bilingual students and Dual Language programs.
Funding: Lottery-Prop 20
Unrestricted General Fund
LCFF Supplemental (Primary language support materials)
Fiscal Impact Not to exceed $4,130,000
Recommendation: Approval of purchase of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Materials for Elementary Grades TK-5th
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Sachs - Chief, Educational Services
Signed By:
Dr. Lisa Gonzales - Chief Business Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Adam Clark - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Cherise Khaund Moved, Member Keisha Nzewi seconded to approve the Original motion 'Approval of purchase of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Materials for Elementary Grades TK-5th'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 5 - 0
Linda Mayo     Yes
Debra Mason     Yes
Cherise Khaund     Yes
Keisha Nzewi     Yes
Erin McFerrin     Yes