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West Virginia

  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: 1,728
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 242
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 95%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Competence based on job-related objectives.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 725
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 725
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 92%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Competence based on job-related objectives.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 3 for students who are on a non-professional path, 4 for students on the professional path (college entrance)
  2. Required science courses: As of July 2008, entering freshmen will need- Physical Science, Biology or Conceptual Biology and one other Science course (non professional path) or two other science courses (professional path).
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No, however, objectives that address earth science concepts are embedded in the K-8 curriculum, and in the 9th grade Physical Science course.
  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, at this time it will count as a third science; in two years, it will count as an elective.
  6. Is an Environmental science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? No, however, objectives that address environmental science concepts are embedded in the K-8 curriculum, and in the 9th grade Physical Science course.
  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?   Some local areas (counties/school districts) may offer environmental science as an elective.

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? 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

3%

17%

17%

11%

B. Enrollment trends in Grade 9-12 Earth science

Year

Percent

Students

1996-97

2%

520

1997-98

3%

754

1999-00

1%

239

2003-04

3%

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

43,073
(96%)

Not Available
(100%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
76.9%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
57.9%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
15.3%
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?

WESTEST

3-11

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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9. State Contact Person

Robin Anglin

Science Coordinator

Office of Instructional Services
Building 6, Room 330
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV25305-0330

ranglin@access.k12.wv.us
304-558-8098 ext. 53007

West Virginia Department of Education

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