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New Mexico

  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: 374
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 98
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 93%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: 54 hours general ed.; 24-36 hours in at least one teaching field; 12 hours in upper division courses; 12-24 electives. 24 credits in science 

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 335
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 607
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 43%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: 54 hours general ed.; 24-36 hours in at least one teaching field; 12 hours in upper division courses; 12-24 electives.

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2. Course Requirements:2007-2008 School Year

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 3
  2. Required science courses: 2 courses with laboratory component.
  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? Determined at the district level.
  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)?  Yes.
  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?Determined at the district level.

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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

4%

37%

78%

10%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

7%

2,093

1997-98

7%

2,089

1999-00

11%

3,224

2003-04

4%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

13,627
(27%)

Not Available
(33%)

General Science

2,524
(5%)

Not Available
(5%)

Physical Science

8,075
(16%)

Not Available
(16%)

Life Science

5,047
(10%)

Not Available
(17%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

4,038
(8%)

Not Available
(23%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
67.3%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
71.1%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
21.5%
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?

New Mexico Based Assessment

3-8, and 11

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: New Mexico High School Competency Examination
  2. Type of Test: Minimum competency
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 10
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes.
  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

Mary Jo Daniel

Science Specialist

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

maryjo.daniel@state.nm.us
505-476-1882

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