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California

  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: 6,163
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  1,055
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 59%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Subject matter examination/approved program. Major in single subject taught.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 5, 877
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 7,577
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 59%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Subject matter examination/approved program. Major in single subject taught.

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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: 2 credits including Biology and Physical Science. 1 course in biological sciences, 1 course in physical sciences (which includes physics, chemistry and earth science) or 2 years of integrated science that include a biological and physical sciences components
  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, it can be part of an integrated science course.
  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? Yes. Ecology focus within biology/life science.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Not Available. 

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.

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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

13%

39%

72%

18%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

9%

40,574

1997-98

9%

41,279

1999-00

8%

38,588

2003-04

13%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

8,708
(1%)

Not Available
(1%)

General Science

505,067
(58%)

Not Available
(51%)

Physical Science

69,664
(8%)

Not Available
(7%)

Life Science

78,372
(9%)

Not Available
(8%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Applicable
(Not Applicable)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
69.2%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
56.1%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
30.8%
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?

Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

10

Not Available

Golden State Exams

9, 10, 11, and 12

Tests are discipline-specific.

High School Exit Exam

10

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: California High School Exit Exam
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  3. Does the exam have a science component? No.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 12
  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

Lisa Fassett

Science Consultant

California Department of Education (CDE)
1430 N Street
Suite 5408
Sacramento, CA 95814

lfassett@cde.ca.gov
916-323-4963

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