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Iowa

  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: 1419
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 165
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: major/minor; 30 hour major; specifies components in program.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 850
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 7768
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major/minor; 30 hour major; specifies 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:Determined at the district level.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level.
  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? N/A
  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. Majority of districts have Earth science course or integrated course with Earth science components.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum? Determined at the district level. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Determined at the district level.

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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

26%

10,632

1997-98

35%

14,282

1999-00

37%

15,316

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
86.9%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
60.9%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
12.6%
25%

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5. Science Standards

Iowa has a Core Standards and Benchmarks Corresponding to the Iowa Tests document, and has adopted a Core Curriculum (in draft form at this time) which has been mandated by the legislature.

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6. Testing and Assessment

A. State Science Tests

Test

Grade Levels Tested:

Earth Science Component on the Test?

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills

K-8

Yes

Iowa Tests of Educational Development

9-12

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

Kathy McKee

Science Consultant

Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kathy.mckee@iowa.gov
515-281-3146

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