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Physics and Chemistry Offerings in New York State: Enrollment, Policy and Needs. Keith Sheppard Angela Kelly. United States. United States. United States. Different State Science Curriculum Different Science Graduation Requirements Different Teacher Certification Requirements.

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physics and chemistry offerings in new york state enrollment policy and needs
Physics and Chemistry Offerings in New York State:Enrollment, Policy and Needs

Keith Sheppard Angela Kelly

united states2
United States
  • Different State Science Curriculum
  • Different Science Graduation Requirements
  • Different Teacher Certification Requirements
some facts about new york state
Some Facts about New York State
  • 4th Most populous state (19.5 M)
    • {56% white, 16% Black,7% Asian, 18% Hispanic}
  • 62 Counties
  • Contains New York City (8.2 M)
  • Population not evenly distributed
    • ~70% in downstate
  • School Population (2.7 M)
    • {49% White, 19% Black, 8% Asian, 22% Hispanic}
some facts about new york schools
Some Facts about New York Schools
  • School Population (2.7 M)
    • {49% White, 19% Black, 8% Asian, 22% Hispanic}
    • 49% Free and Reduced Lunch
  • 7 Categories of School
  • 54% of NYS students in high needs schools
new york state1
New York State
  • Distinguishing Features of NY Science Education?
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New York State
  • Distinguishing Feature of NY Science Education?
    • Regents Exams
    • Earth Science
    • And…
ny graduation requirements for science
NY Graduation Requirements for Science
  • 6 ‘credits’ of MST
    • de facto three years of science
  • One Living Environment, One Physical Setting
  • Pass One Regents Science Exam
  • TWO Science Regents Exams for Advanced Diploma
who takes which science
Who Takes Which Science?

New York State

Source: New York State Report Card Data 2010-11.

who takes which science1
Who Takes Which Science?

New York City

Source: New York State Report Card Data 2010-11.

who takes which science2
Who Takes Which Science?

Bronx

Source: New York State Report Card Data 2010-11.

who takes which science3
Who Takes Which Science?

Bronx High School of Science

Source: New York State Report Card Data 2010-11.

who takes which science4
Who Takes Which Science?

Bronx - Bronx High School of Science

Source: New York State Report Card Data 2010-11.

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Who Takes Which Science?
  • If you attend school in the Bronx your chances of taking Regents Physics are 1 in 9 (Chemistry 1 in 4)
  • If you attend school in the Bronx (not BHS of Science) your chances of taking Regents Physics are 1 in 20 (Chem 1 in 10)
  • If you attend school in the Bronx (not BHS of Science) your chances of passing Regents Physics are 1 in 40 (Chem 1 in 20)
  • If you attend school in the Bronx (not BHS of Science) your chances of passing Regents Physics with mastery are 1 in 200

(Chem 1 in 200)

chemistry
Chemistry

Source: New York BEDS Data 2010-11

physics
Physics

Source: New York BEDS Data 2010-11

solutions new york state
Solutions – New York State
  • Change NYS graduation requirements
    • “Physical Setting”
    • Unintended consequence of testing culture
    • Boosting enrollment in physics and chemistry
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Solutions – New York State
  • Explore units of analysis
    • Richer disaggregate data
    • Opportunity to learn in different contexts
    • Who is teaching what? In middle school?
    • How many teachers do we need in what certification areas?
solutions administration
Solutions – Administration
  • Educate administrators
    • Who controls access
    • Superintendents  guidance counselors
solutions higher education
Solutions – Higher Education
  • Role of research university
    • Offering advanced science, teaching labs
    • New Science Education Ph.D. – influence policy
    • Research on SES outliers
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