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Arkansas

  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: 3.
  2. Required science courses: 1 unit of Biology and 1 unit of Physical Science
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No
  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?  If Earth Science is taken as an Arkansas Department of Education approved science elective, it counts as the 3rd required science credit for graduation.
  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? Yes. There is an Ecology and Behavioral Relationships strand in the required Biology Framework.
  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?  Integrated. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 7th-8th. Integrated at 7-8. Full year in 8th

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3. K-12 Enrollment

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

Course

Earth Science

Environmental Science

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Percent

1.8%

7.4%

17.6%

31.8%

4.5%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

83%

30,843

1997-98

78%

28,890

1999-00

10%

3,666

2003-04
4%
Not Available

2007-08

.4%

156

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

2007-2008

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

26,855
(38%)

Not Available
(Not Available)

26
(.04%)

General Science

19,081
(27%)

Not Available
(Not Available)

29
(.04%)

Physical Science

707
(1%)

Not Available
(Not Available)

2682
(3.8%)

Life Science

24,735
(35%)

Not Available
(Not Available)

42
(.06%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available
(Not Available)

0
(0%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
80.4%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
56.7%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
33.3%
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?

 Augmented Science Benchmark

5, and 7

Yes. The K-8 Science Framework has an Earth and Space Science Strand which is assessed during the Benchmark exam.

End-ofCourse Biology

When a student completes the state-required Biology course which is usually 10th grade.

No

Alternate Science Portfolio for Students with Disablities

5, 7, and 10

Yes Grades 5 and 7

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Not Available.
  2. Type of Test: Not Available
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Not Available.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? Not Available
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Not Available.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Not Available.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Dr. Dennis Plyler

Science Program Manager

Arkansas Department of Education
4 State Capitol Mall
Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201

dennis.plyler@arkansas.gov
501-580-9717

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