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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: 7,720
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 485
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 56%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Four options in approved ed subject area; 24 hour in a single area- 48 hours in broad field/composite area; major/minor required.

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: Four options in approved ed subject area; 24 hour in a single area- 48 hours in broad field/composite 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: 2-minimum plan; 4-recommended plan
  2. Required science courses: Biology and integrated physics and chemistry-minimum plan; biology, chemistry, physics, one elective-recommended plan.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, an option for the 4th science credit.
  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. The current course is called Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography (GMO). A new course effective September 2010 is called Earth and Space Science (ESS).
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, an option for the 4th science credit.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No
  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?  Currently Earth science is found in an integrated approach in grades 6-8. The proposed curriculum effective September 2010 will designate 8th grade as primarily Earth science. 
  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

2%

79%

95%

32%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

8%

27,509

1997-98

9%

31,316

1999-00

8%

28,749

2003-04

2%

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
(100%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
72.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
55.4%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
27.5%
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?

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

5, 8, 10, 11 (exit level); tests in 10 and 11 will be eliminated in 2012 when EOC is fully implemented)

Yes, in grades 5 and 8

EOC: End-of-Course Assessments

Biology, Chemistry, Physics (voluntary until 2012)

No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
  2. Type of Test: Criterion-refrenced
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 11
  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

Kenn Heydrick, Ed.D

Director of Science

Texas Education Agency
1701 No. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701-1494

Kenn Heydrick
kenn.heydrick@tea.state.tx.us
512-463-1827

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