The state should ensure that science teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Wyoming does not offer an endorsement in general science for secondary teachers. However, it does allow an endorsement in physical science, which combines chemistry and physics. Further, the state does not require subject matter testing for any of its secondary science teachers.
Middle school science teachers in Wyoming must earn a middle level science endorsement. The state does not articulate requirements for a content major or minor, nor does it require middle school science teachers to pass a subject matter test.
Endorsement Areas http://ptsb.state.wy.us/Licensure/EndorsementAreas/tabid/129/Default.aspx Praxis Testing Requirements www.ets.org
Require secondary science teachers to pass tests of content knowledge for each science discipline they intend to teach.
Wyoming should require content assessments, for that is the only way to ensure that teachers possess adequate knowledge of the subject area.
Require middle school science teachers to pass a test of content knowledge that ensures sufficient knowledge of science.
Wyoming recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.