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Michigan

  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:  min of 30 hours/Group major 36 hours; Minor:  min 20 hours/Group minor 24 hours; 3 hours teaching. 

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:  min of 30 hours/Group major 36 hours; Minor:  Minimum 20 hours/Group minor 24 hours; 3 hours teaching.

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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: Biology,Chemistry or Physical Science, and one additional course
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, in some districts.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. Earth science can be part of an integrated science course.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes, determined at the district level.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, school decision, offered at some schools.
  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?   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? Grades 5,6,7 (Michigan’s Middle School…grade 8 is part of the HS Curriculum).

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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

21%

43%

75%

21%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

26%

33,605

1999-00

Not Available

Not Available

2003-04

21%

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
(6%)

General Science

Not Available

Not Available
(33%)

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available
(9%)

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available
(8%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available
(17%)

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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
72.2%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
64.5%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
20.2%
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?

MEAP Grade 5 and 8 Science

5 and 8

Earth science makes up 30% of the test at each grade level.

Michigan Merit Curriculum

11

Earth science makes up 15% of the test.

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Michigan Merit Curriculum
  2. Type of Test: M/C Science suppliment and ACT
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes, ACT and Science Reflection and Content “Wrap-around”
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 11
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? No
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Yes

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Kevin Richard

Science Education Consultant

Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 3008
Lansing, MI  48909

RichardK1@Michigan.gov
517-373-4223

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