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Idaho

  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: 335
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  138
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 99%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: 20 hours professional prep. In 2 fields, 30 hour major and 20 hour minor or 45 hour composite.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 235
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 404
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 77%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: 20 hours professional preparation. In 2 fields, 30 hour major and 20 hour minor or 45 hour composite

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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: 1 lab science.
  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? No.
  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? 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?  Full Year. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 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

38%

30%

76%

9%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

63%

13,244

1997-98

57%

11,646

1999-00

57%

11,422

2003-04

38%

Not Available

C. Students in grades 7-8 enrolled in selected science courses

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

5,612
(15%)

Not Available
(27%)

General Science

5,238
(14%)

Not Available
(36%)

Physical Science

8,232
(22%)

Not Available
(6%)

Life Science

13,470
(36%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
80.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
45.8%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
14.5%
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?

Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT)

5, 7, and 10

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT)
  2. Type of Test: N/A
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 5, 7, and 10
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? only the 10th grade test in reading, language usage, and mathematics.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component?N/A

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Scott Smith

Science Coordinator

Idaho Department of Education
650 West State Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027

ssmith@sde.idaho.gov
208-332-6952

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