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Tennessee

  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: 2,365
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 120
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 79%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: State licensure standards in major.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 1,384
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,392
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science:86%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: State licensure standards in major.  

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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: Biology, Chemistry or Physics and an additional laboratory science course
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? No.
  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? No
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes.
  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)?  Yes.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  Both.  Mainly integrated.
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th and 7th.

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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

5%

62%

95%

11%

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

7%

5,229

2003-04

5%

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

121,186
(90%)

Not Available
(97%)

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
70.6%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
64.2%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
16.5%
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?

3-8 Achievement Test

3-8

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Gateway Examinations
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes. Biology
  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? No.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Linda Jordan

K-12 Science Coordator

Tennessee Department of Education
5th Floor A J Tower
710 James Robertson Pky
Nashville, TN 37243-0379

Linda.K.Jordan@state.tn.us
615-532-6285

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