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Indiana

  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: 1,966
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment:  416
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 95%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: 36-52 hours in each subject area; 24-36 hour professional prep; major/minor required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 1,238
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,402
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 93%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: 36-52 hours in each subject area; 24-36 hour professional preparation; major/minor required

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 6
  2. Required science courses: 3
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes. Earth/Space science is typically a first year course. 
  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? Yes.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No, with the exception of ecology in Biology I.
  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?  Integrated. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th-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

42%

58%

95%

22%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

28%

23,404

1997-98

33%

27,328

1999-00

35%

28,367

2003-04

42%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

597
(0%)

Not Available
(0.04%)

General Science

140,326
(94%)

Not Available
(97%)

Physical Science

299
(0%)

Not Available
(0.03%)

Life Science

299
(0%)

Not Available
(0.1%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

746
(1%)

Not Available
(1%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
73.3%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
63.9%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
19.8%
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?

ISTEP+

4 and 6th

yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: English 10/Algebra I
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  3. Does the exam have a science component? No.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? English in 10; for Algebra is undetermined-can be 8th grade
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Jane Cooney

State Elem Math/Science Curriculum Specialist

Department of Education
Room 229  State House
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204-2798

jcooney@doe.in.gov
317-232-9158

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