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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: 6,036
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 545
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: N/A
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Spec. min. number of units in the  subject area taught; specifies components to be included in program.

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: Spec. min. number of units in the  subject area taught; specifies components to be included in program.

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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: Standards-based-Inquiry, Biology or Chemistry, Physical or Earth & Space
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum?Districts decide
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes, districts decide. Courses with Earth science content include Geology, meteorology, oceanography, weather and climate, hydrology.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements? Yes, districts decide.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum?Yes, districts decide.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes, districts decide. It can be part of Environmental Biology
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Yes, districts decide.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Is Earth Science part of the middle school science curriculum (grades 6-8)? Yes, districts decide.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum? Yes, districts decide.
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Districts decide. 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

55%

66&

94%

37%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

Not Available

Not Available

1999-00

Not Available

Not Available

2003-04

55%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

Not Available

Not Available
(29%)

General Science

Not Available

Not Available
(36%)

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available
(21%)

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available
(23%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available
(8%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
N/A
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
61.6%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
17.9%
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?

PSSA: Pennsylvania State Testing

4, 8, 11

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

Steven Dear

State Science Education Coordinator

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market St.
9th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

sdear@state.pa.us
717-783-6598

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