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Alaska

  1. Certification Requirements
  2. Course Requirements
  3. K-12 Enrollment
  4. K-12 Indicators
  5. Science Standards
  6. Testing and Assessment
  7. Textbook Adoptions
  8. State Contact Person

1. Certification Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Total number of 9-12 teachers with main assignment in science: 1247
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:   49
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification:  41.2%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Requirements are specified by the approved program; Major/Minor Required. Physical/Earth Science Competencies.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 321
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 967
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 95.3%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Requirements are specified by the approved program; Major/Minor Required. Grade 4-8 Math Science Certification Competencies.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 2.
  2. Required science courses:  Determined at the state level
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Integrated
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Earth Science
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   N/A 

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Is Earth Science part of the middle school science curriculum (grades 6-8)?  Yes.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  Integrated 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6, 8

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3. K-12 Enrollment

A. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

Not Available

Not Available

1999-00

10%

1,157

2003-04

Not Available

Not Available

B. Students in grades 7-8 enrolled in selected science courses

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

Not Available

Not Available

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
66.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
45.8%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
20.3%
25%

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5.Science Standards

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6. Testing and Assessment

A. State Science Tests

Test

Grade Levels Tested:

Earth Science Component on the Test?

Standards Based Assessment

All levels

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam
  2. Type of Test: Minimum competency
  3. Does the exam have a science component? No.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 10
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Chip McMillan

Science Specialist

Alaska State Department of Education
801 W. 10th Street
Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801

cmcmillan@uas.alaska.edu
907-796-6035

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