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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: 4,423
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 799
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 77%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: SP A standards in each area; major required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 260
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: N/A
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 43%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: SP A standards in each area; major required.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 3.
  2.  Required science courses: 1 unit of Biological science; 1 unit of Physical science
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the school level. Can be, school dependent. Ohio is a local control state. Each district can decide how they wish to build their curriculum K-12. The Ohio Science Academic Content Standards provides a framework for the curriculum. Some districts have divided the Earth and Space Sciences into discrete courses and other districts have integrated these standards into cohesive units with the other standards of Life and Physical Sciences intertwined with our process standards of Scientific Ways of Knowing, Science and Technology and Scientific Inquiry.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the school level.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Schools decide.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? School decision It can be; school dependent.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. Can be integrated into a life science or Earth science course.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   School decision.  Yes, it can: school dependent.

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 school level.
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught?Determined at the school 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

31%

62%

95%

25%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

21%

33,701

1997-98

18%

28,235

1999-00

17%

26,604

2003-04

31%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

8,470
(3%)

Not Available
(1%)

General Science

166,577
(59%)

Not Available
(94%)

Physical Science

2,823
(1%)

Not Available
(2%e)

Life Science

14,117
(5%)

Not Available
(2%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

33,880
(12%)

Not Available
(2%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
79.2%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
59.5%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
17.6%
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?

Ohio Achievement Tests

5, 8

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  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

Cathy Holmes

Science Consultant

Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street, 509
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183

cathy.holmes@ode.state.oh.us
614-387-0338

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