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Connecticut

  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: 1,702
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  190
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 98%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Min 30 hours in endorsement subject, min of 9 hours in related subject; major required

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 913
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 954
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 62%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Min 30 hours in endorsement subject, min of 9 hours in related subject; 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: 2, but districts decide what courses they are.
  3.  Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No, the State currently does not recommend specific courses and will change under secondary school reform to require 3 courses, one life science, one physical science and one additional science.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. There are no strictly Earth science courses, but there are elements of Earth science in grades 9 and 10 science courses.
  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, in selected units, though no courses strictly recommended.
  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, framework is integrated, but some schools may teach a course in Earth science.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  Integrated. 
  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

40%

16,401

1997-98

36%

15,017

1999-00

39%

17,151

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

5,875
(7%)

Not Available

General Science

33,572
(40%)

Not Available

Physical Science

11,750
(14%)

Not Available

Life Science

17,625
(21%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

11,750
(14%)

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
80.9%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
62.9%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
29%
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?

Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT):
Generation III

10

Yes

Connectictu Mastery Test (CMT)

5 and 8

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

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

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Mary Anne Butler

Science Consultant, 9-12

Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Aveune
Hartford, Connecticut 06145

maryanne.butler@ct.gov
860-713-6737

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