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Nevada

  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: 699
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 119
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 99%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Major in the subject area taught. Earth science or general science can teach Earth science majors

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 380
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 391
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 63%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major in the subject area taught. K-8 credential to teach Earth science only.

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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: Students can take any science courses to meet graduation requirements.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Not specifically, although the schools, districts, and students know that approximately 25% of the items on the high school graduation science test are from Earth/Space Science.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? No.
  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? Not specifically, as noted above NV does not require specific courses for graduation.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No.
  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?  Depends on the district, in some districts it is taught as an independent subject, in others it is the focus, but only a part of, the science curriculum for the year. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Depends on the district, either 6 or 7.

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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

33%

75%

95%

18%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

13%

2,865

1999-00

44%

10,832

2003-04

33%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

6,885
(14%)

Not Available
(66%)

General Science

4,426
(9%)

Not Available
(15%)

Physical Science

17,213
(35%)

Not Available
(42%)

Life Science

4,918
(10%)

Not Available
(11%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

1,967
(4%)

Not Available
(0.3%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
55.8%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
52.2%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
24.6%
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?

Criterion-Referenced Testing

5 and 8

Yes (For 5th grade: 11 points out of 50; for 8th grade: 11-13 points out of 51)

High School proficicency exam

10-12

Yes (13 points out of 60)

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam:  Nevada High School Proficiency Examination
  2. Type of Test: Standards based, multiple choice
  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. Earth/Space/Environmental science is 22% of the science portion of the test.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Richard Vineyard

Science Consultant

Nevada Department of Education
700 E. Fifth St
Carson City, NV 89701-5096

rvineyard@doe.nv.gov
775-687-9195

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