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Arizona

  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 board required subject area:  Major (24 hrs.); other subjects: District Decision; Major required.

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: N/A
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: State board required subject area:  Major (24 hrs.); other subjects: District Decision; Major required.

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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: 1 year of life science/biology
  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? Yes Earth & Space Science
  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? No, it is part of Earth/Space Science which counts towards graduation but is not required..
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  No, but it is included in Earth/Space Science which does count towards graduation requirements. 

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?  Two full years 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th and 7th.

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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

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

Not Available

Not Available

1999-00

Not Available

Not Available

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

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
70.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
45%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
14%
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?

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

4, 8, 10

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards
  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? 4
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No, only life science.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Lacey Wieser

Education Program Specialist - Science

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #5
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

lacey.wieser@azed.gov
602-364-2332

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