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Delaware

  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: 255
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  12
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 58%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Requires a specific minimum number of units in the subject area taught; major required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science:151
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 151
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 75%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Requires a specific minimum number of units in the subject area taught; 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: Integrated Physical and Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry.
  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, most schools offer integrated science courses that include Earth science component.
  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? Yes
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   No

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? 6, 7, and 8

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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

26%

2,615

1997-98

15%

1,539

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
(90%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
N/A
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
56.3%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
26.3%
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?

Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP). These are standards-based tests.

4, 6, 8, and 11

Yes.
Grade 4 : 20%
Grade 6: 25%
Grade 8: 25%
Grade 11: 25%

Delaware Science Coalition Summative Assessments

K-8

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Grade 11 Science DSTP
  2. Type of Test: Criterion referenced
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 11
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? No
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Yes.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Kelli Martin

Education Associate, K-12 Science

Delaware Department of Education
35 Commerce Way
Dover, DE  19904

kmartin@doe.k12.de.us
302-857-3352

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