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Washington

  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: Requires a specific minimum number of units in the subject area taught; specifies components in 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: Requires a specific minimum number of units in the subject area taught; specifies components in program.  

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 2.
  2. Required science courses: The essential Academic Learning Requirements guide instruction. 1 of the 2 credits must be a lab science, sciences categorized as Physical, Life, or Earth.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No, but it is a part of the required standards for grades 9 and 10 so it is a part of most Physical Science classes.
  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, school dependent with district approval.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? No, but it is a part of the required standards for grades 9 and 10 so it is a part of most Life Science classes.
  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-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

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

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
72.9%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
48.7%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
25%
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?

Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).

5, 8, and 10

Yes, included in all three grade levels-it is 33% of test that refers to specific science content

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Washington Assessment of Student Learning
  2. Type of Test: Standards based
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes.
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 10
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? Yes, for graduating class of 2013
  6. Does the exam have an Earth science component? Yes.

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7. Textbook Adoptions

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8. State Contact Person

Peter Tamayo

Office of Superintendent Public Instruction

Office of Superintendent of Public Instrution
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

peter.tamayo@k12.wa.us
360-725-6134

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