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Kentucky

  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: N/A
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: N/A
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Major; specifies components in program.  Learned Society/S.P.A. and Praxis II.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: N/A
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: N/A
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: major; specifies components in program.  Learned Society/S.P.A. and Praxis II

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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: 1 credit each:  Life science, physical science, and Earth & Space 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? Yes, combined with Space Science.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes. A full year of Earth science is required of all Kentucky graduates.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? School decision, some schools offer environmental science.
  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?   N/A 

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? All levels. Kentucky’s science standards are broken down into seven ‘big ideas’ that are continuous threads from the primary grades through high school. One of those big ideas is The Earth and the Universe, which contains earth and space science concepts.

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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

3%

1,680

1997-98

5%

2,877

1999-00

10%

5,668

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

5,845
(6%)

Not Available

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available

Life Science

5,845
(6%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

83,773
(86%)

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
77.2%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
61.5%
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?

 (KCCT) Kentucky Core Content Test

4,7,11

Yes, 4, 11 both had earth/space science questions on the test

ACT

11

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

Sean Elkins

Science Consultant

Kentucky Department of Education
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor
Frankfort KY,  40601

sean.elkins@education.ky.gov
502-564-2106

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