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Kansas

  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: 2175
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 78
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 55%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: College degree, 8 credit hours or one year of accredited teaching experience completed within the last six years, GPA of 2.5 or higher

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 963
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 963
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 78%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: College degree, 8 credit hours or one year of accredited teaching experience completed within the last six years, GPA of 2.5 or higher

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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: Three units of science, which shall include physical, biological, and earth and space science concepts and which shall include at least one unit as a laboratory course.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes. Some districts offer Earth science courses. 
  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? District dependent. Generally offered as a higher level course that is an elective.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. It can be integrated into life science or biology course.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Yes.  If course contains content related to standards.

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?  District decision
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 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

Not Available

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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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2003-04

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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

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
77.6%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
65.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
13.7%
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?

Kansas Science Assessment

4, 7, and 9,10,11,12

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

David Barnes

Education Program Consultant

Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS  66612-1182

dbarnes@ksde.org
785-296-2096

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