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Maryland

  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 required in subject area taught.

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 required in subject area taught.

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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 unit of Biology
  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? 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? State requirement lists the general sciences of Earth, Life, and Physical science; it is a Local School System decision as to the sciences offered under those topics.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Could be part of another Life, Biology, and/or Earth.
  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?  Local School system decision. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Local School system 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

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

Not Available

Not Available

1999-00

Not Available

Not Available

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

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
79.9%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
66.3%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
37.2%
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?

Science MSA

5 and 8

Yes

Biology HSA

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B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Maryland High School Assessments
  2. Type of Test: Selected Response and brief constructed response
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes, biology
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? varies
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No, the science HAS is a biology assessment.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Mary M. Thurlow

Coordinator of Science

Maryland Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD  21201

mthurlow@msde.state.md.us
410-767-0329

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