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Oklahoma

  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: 1,370
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 132
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 91%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: major or equivalent in the subject area; major/minor required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 666
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,210
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 59%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: major or equivalent in the subject area; major/minor 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-Biology I
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Not specifically, but a school may choose to offer the course for science credit.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes, Earth science can be part of a Physical science course.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes, if it is a lab science course and is at or above the rigor of Biology I.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Not specifically, but a school may choose to offer the course for science credit.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No, however concepts are imbedded in Biology courses .
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Yes, if it is a lab science course and is at or above the rigor of Biology I. 

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?  Integrated. 
  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

13%

40%

93%

9%

 B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

4%

2,068

1997-98

4%

2,042

1999-00

7%

3,519

2003-04

13%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

13,123
(14%)

Not Available
(10%)

General Science

5,624
(6%)

Not Available
(11%)

Physical Science

1,875
(2%)

Not Available
(3%)

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

61,866
(66%)

Not Available
(66%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
77.8%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
59.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
20.2%
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?

Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test

5

Yes

Oklahoma Core Curriculum test

8

Yes

Biology I End-of-Instruction

At end of Biology I course

Yes, Environmental science

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Not exactly an exit exam. Students must pass 4 of 7 End-of-Instruction Tests in order to graduate and Biology I Assessment is one of the seven.
  2. Type of Test: End-of-Instruction Biology I
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? Whenever they complete the Biology I course.
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Students must pass 4 of 7 End-of-Instruction Tests in order to graduate and Biology I Assessment is one of the seven.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No it is a Biology I assessment. There are some environmental questions on this assessment.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Jana Rowland

Director, Science Education

Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599

jana_rowland@sde.state.ok.us
405-522-3524

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