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Wyoming

  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: 222
  2. Total number of science teachers in grades 9-12 with an Earth science assignment: 42
  3. Percentage of 9-12 science teachers with an Earth science certification: 100%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for secondary teachers: Approved program based on state standards; major required.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Total number of teachers in grades 7-8 with a main assignment in science: 111
  2. Total number of grades 7-8 science teachers in all assignments: 147
  3. Percentage of middle grade science teachers certified in science: 90%
  4. Specific licensure requirements for middle school teachers: Approved program based on state standards; major required.

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2. Course Requirements

A. Grades 9-12

  1. Number of science credits required for high school graduation: 3.
  2. Required science courses: None, three years of science are required, School Districts determine the courses taught that meet the Wyoming Science Content and performance Standards.
  3. Is an Earth science course included in the recommended high school science curriculum? Wyoming does not have a state recommended curriculum.
  4. Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? Yes.
  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? It is offered in some districts.
  7. Is Environmental science part of another course required for high school graduation? It is up to school districts to make such a requirement.
  8.  If Environmental science is taken, does it count towards graduation requirements?    If a school district in Wyoming makes it a graduation requirement it can.

B. Grades 6-8

  1. Is Earth Science part of the middle school science curriculum (grades 6-8)?  District Determination
  2. Is it taught as a full year curriculum or an integrated curriculum?  District Determination
  3. At what grade level(s) is Earth science taught? 9th grade for Hathaway, otherwise, District Determination

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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

19%

46%

89%

16%

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

37%

2,982

2003-04

19%

Not Available

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

Course

Students
(Percentage)

Students
(Percentage)

Earth Science

2,870
(19%)

Not Available
(29%)

General Science

3,776
(25%)

Not Available
(22%e)

Physical Science

2,266
(15%)

Not Available
(6%)

Life Science

3,323
(22%)

Not Available
(25%)

Integrated or Coordinated Science

604
(4%)

Not Available
(10%)


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4. K-12 Indicators

State
National
Average Freshman Graduation Rate
76.1%
73.2%
College Enrollment Rate
58%
68.6%
AP Participation Rate
15%
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?

Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Schools (PAWS)

4, 8, 11

Yes

B. State High School Exit Exam

  1. Name of Exam: Proficiency Assessment
  2. Type of Test: Not Applicable
  3. Does the exam have a science component? Yes
  4. At what grade do students first take the exam? 4
  5. Is passing the exam a requirement for a diploma? No
  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

Tom Collins

Standards Team Supervisor

Wyoming Dept. of Education
2020 Grand Ave.
Suite 500
Laramie, WY 82070

tcolli@educ.state.wy.us
307-777-3493

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