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									                 American Geological Institute - National Status Report on K-12 Earth Science Education, April 2002
                       For a more recent version of the report, see www.agiweb.org/education/statusreports/

     Alabama
     Enrollment Data
       K-12 School enrollment (2000-2001): 733,396
       9-12 School enrollment (Projected - 2000-2001): 201,051
       High school students taking Earth science each year: 3,760
       Percentage of grade nine students enrolled in the following courses:


School           Earth science                      General science                      Physical science                Integrated or Coordinated
 Year                                                                                                                             science
1999-                    9                            Not available                               48                            Not available
 2000
1997-                   3.0                                  5.0                                 50.0                             Not available
 1998

         Course enrollments as a percentage of students in grades 9-12.


School           Earth science                            Biology                            Chemistry                                Physics
 Year
1999-                  2.20                                  64                                   37                                      9
 2000
1997-                   1.1                                 82.0                                 34.0                                   11.0
 1998

     High School Standards and Requirements
       State standards adopted: http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/doc_download.asp?id=225 Open file: 07Sci9-12.rtf
       Are state standards determined at the district level? N/A
       When will the state standards be revised? No response
       Earth science emphasis in state standards: Alabama requires four years of science, which must include biology
        and physics. Earth and Space Science are offered as an elective core course.
       Credits required for high school graduation: 4 (3/02 survey results: 4)
       Required high school science courses: Biology, physical science (physical science, chemistry, physics), plus
        two electives (inc. Earth science cores that can be implemented at district level, and then selected by student)
        (3/02 survey results: Biology and a physical science course (may be physical science, physics, or chemistry))
       Is Earth science required for high school graduation: No, but Earth science is integrated into middle school
        science
       Is an Earth science or geoscience course included in your state's recommended high school science curriculum?
        Yes
       Is Earth science part of another course required for high school graduation? No (3/02 survey results: )
       If Earth science is taken, does it count toward graduation requirements? Yes (3/02 survey results: Yes)




     Sources;
     K-12 Enrollment Data 2000-2001: The Heritage Foundation
     9-12 Enrollment Data (1999-2000): The National Center for Educational Statistics
     Council of Chief State School Officers, Key State Education Policies on K-12 Education: 2000: Time & Attendance, Graduation, Content Standards,
     Teacher & School Leader Licensure, Student Assessment
     Council of Chief State School Officers (1999) State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 1999 - State Trends and New Indicators from the
     1997-98 School Year. Council of Chief State School Officers (2001) State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 2001 - State Trends and
     New Indicators from the 1999-00 School Year. AGI telephone interviews with state science supervisors and other state personnel, October 2001.
     Assessment of State-Based Earth Science Education Survey. State Geologists conducted interviews with education experts in state. March 2002.
            American Geological Institute - National Status Report on K-12 Earth Science Education, April 2002
                  For a more recent version of the report, see www.agiweb.org/education/statusreports/

     K-8 Standards and Requirements
        Does your state offer an Earth Science course in middle school (grades 5-8)? No
        If yes, is the Earth Science course required?
        Is the Earth Science course two semesters (one year) in length?
        How many students take a full year of Earth Science in middle school? No response
        If no, is Earth Science offered in an integrated science course? Yes
        Does your state have a science assessment exam for middle school? Yes
        Does your state have an exit science assessment exam for elementary school? No
        If yes, does your school offer an integrated science curriculum across the elementary school grades?
        If yes, does the integrated science curriculum include an Earth Science component?
        Percentage of grade seven and eight students enrolled in the following courses
 School        General science             Life Science           Earth science             Physical science            Integrated or Coordinated
  Year                                                                                                                           science
1999-2000        Not available             Not available                  2                           1                             82

     Testing and Assessment
         Description of state testing: HS Graduation Exam (Grade 10, Criterion-referenced, pass/fail); Stanford
          AT (Grades 3-11, Norm-referenced, 3 levels)
         Is state test required for graduation? Yes
         Is Earth science content currently assessed on a state test? No
         Does the state have a high school exit exam? Yes (3/02 survey results: Yes)
         If yes, do students have to pass the exit exam to graduate? Yes
         Does the exam assess Earth science concepts and knowledge? No
     Teachers and Certification
         Earth science teachers in grades 9-12: 44
         Teacher Certification: State knowledge/ability standards
         Percentage of teachers assigned half-time or more to teach Earth science who are certified in Earth
          science: 7
         How many certified high school Earth Science teachers are there in your state? N/A
         How many certified middle school teachers are in your state? N/A
         Does your state have a specific certification for secondary Earth Science teachers? No
     Textbook Adoptions
         Does your state select or recommend textbooks? Select/Recommend
     (3/02 survey results: A textbook committee recommends texts to the State Board of Education. Local
     districts may choose from recommended list or select from off of list as longas tests have not been rejected
     by State Board.)




     Sources;
     K-12 Enrollment Data 2000-2001: The Heritage Foundation
     9-12 Enrollment Data (1999-2000): The National Center for Educational Statistics
     Council of Chief State School Officers, Key State Education Policies on K-12 Education: 2000: Time & Attendance, Graduation, Content
     Standards, Teacher & School Leader Licensure, Student Assessment
     Council of Chief State School Officers (1999) State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 1999 - State Trends and New
     Indicators from the 1997-98 School Year. Council of Chief State School Officers (2001) State Indicators of Science and Mathematics
     Education 2001 - State Trends and New Indicators from the 1999-00 School Year. AGI telephone interviews with state science supervisors
     and other state personnel, October 2001.
     Assessment of State-Based Earth Science Education Survey. State Geologists conducted interviews with education experts in state.
     March 2002.

								
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