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  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: 3,576
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  1,671
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Major/Minor, and/or specifics components in and approved program.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 2,883
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 5,786
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major/Minor, and/or specifics components in program

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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: 2 units of laboratory science.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Florida does not provide a recommended science curriculum with specific courses listed. Students may take any combination of 3 science credits from the approved science courses in the state course code directory. The course code directory includes several courses in the Earth/Space science category.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? No.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes, any of the courses listed in the Earth/Space science category will count as a science credit for graduation.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Florida does have an Environmental science course in the course code directory, but does not provide a recommended science curriculum with specific courses listed.
  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?   Yes. 

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?  Varies from one district to another.
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Varies from one district to another.

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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

27%

49%

76%

17%

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

27%

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
(1%)

General Science

Not Available

Not Available
(77%)

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available
(5%)

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available
(6%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available
(0.1%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
63.6%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
60.2%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
34%
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?

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

5, 8, and 11

Earth science makes up 25% of each assessment.

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
  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 for science (10 for math and LA)
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Not for science; yes for math and LA.
  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

Sally Sanders

Science Specialist

Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street
Suite 424
Tallahasee, FL 32399

sally.sanders@fldoe.org
850-245-0760

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