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Utah

  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: 488
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 167
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 62%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Major/minor required; requires a specific min number of units in the subject area taught.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 548
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 651
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 78%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Major/minor required; requires a specific min number of units 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: 2 Currently 2; however 3 beginning 2011
  2. Required science courses: Must be chosen from two of the four science areas: Earth systems science, biology, chemistry, or physics.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Yes, recommended at grade 9.
  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? Yes At the AP level (AP Environmental science).
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes, it is part of the Earth systems core curriculum.
  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?  Integrated. 
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 7th-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

95%

59%

95%

28%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

34%

13,172

1997-98

30%

11,176

1999-00

38%

13,665

2003-04

95%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

2,090
(3%)

Not Available

General Science

Not Available

Not Available

Physical Science

1,393
(2%)

Not Available

Life Science

4,180
(6%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

60,607
(87%)

Not Available
(63%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
78.6%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
47.2%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
27.6%
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?

Utah Core Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRTs)

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Yes

CRT: Earth Science

9

Yes

CRT: Biology

10-12

No

CRT: Chemistry 10-12 No
CRT: Physics 10-12 No

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Utah Basic Skills Competency Test
  2. Type of Test: Criterion Referenced Test (CRT)
  3. Does the exam have a science component? No
  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

Velma Itamura

Educational Science Specialist

Utah Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200-4200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

velma.itamura@schools.utah.gov
801-538-7803

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