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Colorado

  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: 1,637
  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: Specific components included in program; major required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 1,009
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,142
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Specific components included in program; major required

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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: Set by district but, most have: Lab based course 1 credit, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry all ½ credit courses
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level. Varies by district.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level. Varies by district.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Determined at the district level.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Determined at the district level. 

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?  Both. 
  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 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
75.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
63.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
30.5%
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?

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

5, 8, 10

Yes. For grades 8, 10

ACT

11

Not Applicable

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: No. There is no state exam, but some districts administer an exam.
  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

Barry Cartwright

Science Content Specilist

Colorado State Department of Education
Office of teaching and Learning
201 East Colfax Avenue, room 409
Denver, Colorado  80203-1799

cartwright_b@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6187

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