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Alabama

  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:  N/A
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:   N/A
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification:  N/A.
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: State knowledge/ability standards.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: N/A.
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments:
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: State knowledge/ability standards.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 4.
  2. Required science courses: 1 credit of biology and 1 credit of a physical science
  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? No.
  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? Yes
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Yes

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?  Full Year 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th-8th.

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3. K-12 Enrollment

A. Percent of Grade 9-12 students enrolled in selected courses

Course

Earth science

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Percent

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

2%

1,284

1997-98

3%

1,911

1999-00

9%

5,504

2003-04

Not Available

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

2,303
(2%)

Not Available

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

1,152
(1%)

Not Available

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

94,439
(82%)

Not Available

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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
66.2%
68.6%
College Enrollment Rate
61.5%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
13.5%
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?

Yes: Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

10 and 11

No

Yes: Stanford 10 and the companion Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT 8)

3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8,

life science, physical science, earth/space sciences, and the nature of science in Grades 5 and 7.

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Alabama High School Graduation Exam
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes.
  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

Ginger Montgomery

State Science Specialist

State Science Specialist
Alabama State Department of Education
PO Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101

gmontgomery@alsde.edu
334-242-8176

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