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Oregon

  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: N/A.
  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 taught.

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: N/A
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major in the subject area taught.

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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: 3 credits in science must be inquiry-based and at least two must provide lab experiences beginning with students grauating in 2012
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? In Oregon curriculum is a local decision. The State Science Academic Content Standards does include Earth and Space standards and all districts must provide instruction to the state standards.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level; science courses that count towards graduation must be standards based and provide instruction to the Oregon science standards.
  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? District decision
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? District decision.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Determined at the district level; science courses that count towards graduation must be standards based and provide instruction to the Oregon science standards.

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 District decision.
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? District decision.

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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

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

 B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

13%

5,813

1997-98

12%

5,425

1999-00

13%

5,931

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

16,952
(20%)

Not Available

General Science

10,171
(12%)

Not Available

Physical Science

12,714
(15%)

Not Available

Life Science

19,495
(23%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

20,343
(24%)

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
73%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
47.7%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
21.2%
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?

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

5

Yes

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

8

Yes

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

High School

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Not Applicable
  2. Type of Test: Not Applicable
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Not Applicable
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? Not Applicable
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Not Applicable.
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Not Applicable.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Cheryl Kleckner

Science Education Specialist

Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310-0205

cheryl.kleckner@state.or.us
503-947-5794

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