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Minnesota

  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: 1,534
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 171
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 91%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Major/minor; specifies components in program.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 826
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,081
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 98%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major/minor; specifies components in program.

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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 course in Biology is required.  By 2015 physics or chemistry will be required
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? There is no required statewide curriculum, so the Earth science standards are required for all students 9-12, but how districts go about delivering those standards (integrated vs. a single course) is up to them to decide.
  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, it would count as one of the three required credits just like any science course.
  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)?  There is no required statewide curriculum, so the earth science standards are required for all students 6-8, but how districts go about delivering those standards (integrated vs. a single course) is up to them to decide. A typical sequence in middle school is 7th grade life science and 8th grade earth science.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum? Determined at the district level. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 8th.

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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

14%

52%

95%

21%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

10%

6,857

1997-98

7%

4,814

1999-00

10%

7,122

2003-04

14%

Not Available

C. Students in grades 7-8 enrolled in selected science courses

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

35,756
(27%)

Not Available
(29%)

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

15,891
(12%)

Not Available
(7%)

Life Science

45,026
(34%)

Not Available
(40%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available
(4%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
86.2%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
67.8%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
22.5%
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?

MCA-II for grade 5

Standards for grades 3-5 covered

Yes

MCA-II for grade 8

Standards for grades 6-8 covered

Yes

MCA-II for high school

Life science and Histor and Nature of Science standards for 9-12 are covered

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: No
  2. Type of Test: N/A
  3. Does the exam have a science component? No.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? N/A
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? N/A
  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

Dawn Cameron

Science Assessment Specialist

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

dawn.cameron@state.mn.us
651-582-8551

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