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Wisconsin

  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: 2,124
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 143
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 100%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Specifies components in program; major/minor required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 1,019
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 1,161
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 100%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Specifies components in program; 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.
  2. Required science courses: 2 credits in science with instruction in Biological and Physical sciences.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. It can be integrated.
  5. If Earth science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?  Determined at the district level.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Determined at the district level
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes. Environmental science concepts can be infused throughout all science courses.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?   Yes. Determined at the district level.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Is Earth Science part of the middle school science curriculum (grades 6-8)?  Yes- district choose the science students are to receive.
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  Both
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? Up to each district.

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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

21%

72%

95%

31%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

26%

19,525

1997-98

24%

18,207

1999-00

26%

20,530

2003-04

21%

Not Available

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

 

1999-2000

2003-2004

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

21,597
(16%)

Not Available
(17%)

General Science

56,692
(42%)

Not Available
(46%)

Physical Science

8,099
(6%)

Not Available
(7%)

Life Science

28,346
(21%)

Not Available
(19%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

1,350
(1%)

Not Available
(3%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
87.5%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
61%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
24.2%
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?

Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts of Examinations (WKCE)

4, 8, and 10

Yes

B. State High School Exit 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

Shelley Lee

Science Consultant

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster St.
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Shelley.lee@dpi.state.wi.us
608-266-3319

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