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New Hampshire

  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: 32
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification:N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Specifies components to be included in the program.

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: 164
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Specifies components to be included in the program.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 2.
  2. Required science courses: 1 Physical science; 1 Biological science.
  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. Some districts offer integrated science.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Determined at the district level. Some districts require Earth science as a course for graduation.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? District decision Environmental science is not in the framework; some districts offer it as an AP course.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. In grade 9 science,  and may be part of a physical science course.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   No.  Environmental science might be part of a physical science course that fulfills graduation requirements.

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. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th-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

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
81.1%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
64.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
21.1%
25%

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5. Science Standards


6. Testing and Assessment

A. State Science Tests

Test

Grade Levels Tested:

Earth Science Component on the Test?

NECAP Science Assessment Pilot Coming MAY 2007

4, 8, 11

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

Jan McLaughlin

Science Education Consultant

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord NH 03301-3860

jmclaughlin@ed.state.nh.us
603-271-3856

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