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Massachusetts

  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: Completion of a Massachusetts Earth Science 8-12 Approved Program
    Possession of a bachelor's degree
    Achieve a passing score on the Earth Science subject matter test
    Achieve a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test
    Practicum or Practicum Equivalent Requirements are as follows:
    Teacher, Grades 8-12 150 hours; 36 semester hours Subject Matter

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: Completion of a Massachusetts Earth Science 8-12 Approved Program
    Possession of a bachelor's degree
    Achieve a passing score on the Earth Science subject matter test
    Achieve a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test
    Practicum or Practicum Equivalent Requirements are as follows:
    Teacher, Grades 5-8 150 hours;36 semester hours Subject Matter

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: Determined at the district level.
  2. Required science courses: Determined at the district level.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Determined at the district level.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Determined at the district level. 

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?  Varies.  Determined at the district level
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Determined at the district level

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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

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

28%

19,827

1997-98

30%

21,677

1999-00

27%

20,988

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

13,260
(9%)

Not Available

General Science

32,412
(22%)

Not Available

Physical Science

14,733
(10%)

Not Available

Life Science

23,572
(16%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

53,038
(36%)

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
79.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
72.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
29.2%
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?

Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

5

Yes, 30%

Grade 8 Science and Technology/Engineering

8

Yes, 25%

4 high school discipline-specific tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Technology/Engineering

9 or 10

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Massachusetts High School exit exam
  2. Type of Test: Standards based; multiple-choice and open response
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes. Students in the Class of 2010 will need to take and pass one of the following: biology, chemistry, introductory physics or technology/engineering
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 9 or 10
  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

Katie Bowler (Assessment)

Administrator for Science and Technology/Engineering Test

Massachusetts Department of Education
350 Maine St.
Waldon, MA  02148

cbowler@doe.mass.edu
Phone: 781-338-3464
Fax: 781-338-3630

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