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  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: 3,591
  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 in the subject area they are teaching or 30 hours in the specialty. Teachers are also required to pass in their subject areas on the Praxis II test.

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: Middle school science teachers are certified as Elementary (K-8), Specialization: Science. High school teachers are required to have a major in the subject area they are teaching or 30 hours in the specialty. Teachers are also required to pass in their subject areas on the Praxis II test.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 15 credits (Students now need 15 credits of Lab Sciences which include biology, and either chemistry, physics or environmental science, and a third lab science course. A credit is calculated as being one 42 minute period per week. A course that meets 5 times for 42 minutes per class is 5 credits. )
  2. Required science courses: Districts decide: 70% require biology
  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.
  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? Determined at the district level
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Not Available.
  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?  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 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
84.8%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
70.2%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
24.2%
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?

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledges.

4

Yes

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledges.

8

Yes

Biology Competency Assessment

End of course, grade 9-12

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Biology Competecy Assessment
  2. Type of Test: Standards based; multiple choice and constructed response
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 9
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Not yet.
  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

Michael Heinz

Science Coordinator

New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
100 Riverviw Plaza
Trenton, HJ 08625-0500

michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us
609-984-7453

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