Computer-based exam based on Next Generation Science Standards to be given through June.
Those who are participating say it's important to fight funding cuts to science agencies and education.
Teacher support and high-quality materials are key, according to a new report.
New standards, among the most comprehensive in the nation, focus on human impacts.
The state formed committees to support implementation of the Common Core standards, Next Generation Science Standards and History-Social Science standards.
State officials will administer the new test, not the old test in place since the 1990s.
The approach encourages hands-on learning through experiments.
The U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards.
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
California education officials want the U.S. Department of Education to permanently suspend the current multiple-choice, paper-and-pencil science assessments that are based on outdated standards from 1998.
Students will be learning based on the new Next Generation Science Standards.
The national test results show scores from 4th- and 8th-graders.
State officials plan to administer a pilot test aligned with new science standards.
The state wants to avoid double testing students during the transition to a new test.