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Rhode Island

  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 or its equivalent.

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 or its equivalent.

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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: Determined at the district level.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level. The Rhode Island State Science Grade Span Expectations specify Earth and Space Science (E&SS)as one of three domains to be included in existing curricula and E&SS is assessed in the NECAP Exam every May at grades 4, 8, and 11. The establishment of a statewide assessment has accelerated the inclusion of E&SS concepts to be included in local curricula.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Determined at the district level. Courses required for graduation are designated by local district school committee.
  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? The Rhode Island State Science Grade Span Expectations specify Life Science as one of three domains to be included in existing curricula and E&SS is assessed in the NECAP Exam every May at grades 4, 8, and 11. The Life Science domain includes several targets that focus on environmental topics.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? District decision. Courses required for graduation are designated by local district school committee.
  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)? The Rhode Island State Science Grade Span Expectations specify Earth and Space Science as one of three domains to be included in existing curricula and E&SS is assessed in the NECAP Exam every May at grades 4, 8, and 11. The establishment of a statewide assessment has accelerated the inclusion of E&SS concepts to be included in local curricula
  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? The GSEs that inform curriculum in RI is K-12.

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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

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

 B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9 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

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

Not Available

Not Available

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

Not Available

Not Available

Life Science

Not Available

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

Not Available

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
77.8%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
54.7%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
14.9%
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?

NECAP

4,8, 11

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam:N/A
  2. Does the exam have a science component? No
  3. At what grade do students first take the exam?  N/A
  4. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? No
  5. Does the exam have an Earth science component? No

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Linda A. Jzyk

Science and Technology Specialist

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Shepard Building
255 Westminister St.
Providence, RI 02903-3414

linda.jzyk@ride.ri.gov
401-222-8473

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