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Illinois

  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: 3,959
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  460
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 35%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: State knowledge/ability standards; major required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 1,336
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,495
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 56%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: State knowledge/ability standards; 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: Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements? Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum?Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision. 

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Is Earth Science part of the middle school science curriculum (grades 6-8)?  LEA decision , Earth science is an integral content standard in Illinois (Standard 12E).
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught?Local Education Agency (LEA), school or district decision

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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

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B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

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1997-98

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1999-00

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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

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Life Science

Not Available

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
79.7%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
60.4%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
22.8%
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?

Prairie State Achievement Examination, incorporates ACT

11

Yes, 25% covers Earth and space

Illinois Standards-Achievement Test (ISAT)

4 and 7

Yes, 20% covers Earth and space

B. State High School Exit Exam

Illinois does not require an exit exam, although the PSAE must be taken for graduation.

  1. Name of Exam: Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)
  2. Type of Test: The PSAE includes three components: (1) the ACT Plus Writing, which includes the ACT battery of four multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science) and a 30-minute constructed-response writing test with a single prompt question; (2) an ISBE-developed science assessment, and (3) two WorkKeys assessments (Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information).
  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? Students are required to take PSAE for graduation, score is part of student transcript..
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Earth and space science questions comprise 25% of the PSAE

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Gil Downey

Principal Education Consultant

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street, E-426
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

gdowney@isbe.net
217-557-7323

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