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North Dakota

  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: 205
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 25
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 100%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: 26 hours professional prep.; major/minor required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 122
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 351
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 35%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: 26 hours professional prep.; major/minor required.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 2 credits
  2. Required science courses: State does not have a requirements in this category. Determined at the district level
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Not specified in state law, locally determined, based on state standards.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Not specified in state law, locally determined, based on state standards.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Not specified in state law, locally determined, based on state standards.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, An ecology course is offered in some districts.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Not specified in state law, locally determined, based on state standards.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Presumably, not specified in state law, locally determined. 

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?  Both.  Integrated at 6th grade; Full year at 8th grade
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 8th.

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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

1%

58%

95%

22%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

3%

307

1997-98

3%

302

1999-00

4%

387

2003-04

1%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

8,913
(50%)

Not Available
(49%)

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available

Life Science

8,557
(48%)

Not Available
(48%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
82.1%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
71.9%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
10.4%
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?

ND State Assessment

4, 8, and 12

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

Greg Gallagher

Director of Standards and Achievement

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

ggallagher@state.nd.us
701-328-1838

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