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Vermont

  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: Approved 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: Approved program.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 3 (some schools require 4).
  2. Required science courses (these vary with the school): Most often in VT high schools Earth/Space Science is an elective. Schools struggle with trying to accommodate Bio, Chemistry, Physics and Earth/Space Science into a 3-year requirement; Many of the smaller schools DO have a year of Geology or Earth/Science included in their programs; Some of the larger schools avoid Earth/Space Science or include it as part of an Environmental Science course; A few schools offer an ‘Integrated Science’ course for 9th graders—and that includes basic Earth/Space principles.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Vermont does not have a state-wide curriculum. Each school determines their own program. State assessment (NECAP) includes Earth/Space Science content within 25% of its items, and this is proving to be an incentive for schools to incorporate this content into their curriculum.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Earth/Space Science appears as an elective or a portion of Environmental Science in many Vermont high schools.
  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? Many Vermont schools do include an Environmental Science course and/or the AP Environmental Science option. Again, Vermont does not have a state-wide curriculum. They are working on a program to address the NASA Principals of climate literacy for K-12 science teachers.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Environmental science may be an elective for Vermont high school science students.
  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?  Usually integrated with other content or as science kit instruction (e.g. STC’s Land and Water, or Rock Cycle)
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 6th-8th.

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3. K-12 Enrollment

A. Percent of Grade 9-12 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 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

Not Available

Not Available

1997-98

48%

4,237

1999-00

37%

3,237

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

1,135
(7%)

Not Available

General Science

3,568
(22%)

Not Available

Physical Science

2,595
(16%)

Not Available

Life Science

3,892
(24%)

Not Available

Integrated or Coordinated Science

4,379
(27%)

Not Available


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
82.3%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
54.5%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
29%
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 Science

4, 8, 11

Yes, 25%

B.State High SchoolExit 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

Gail Hall

Science Assessment Coordinator

Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

gail.hall@state.vt.us
802-828-0156

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