High School Physics Availability

Results from the 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers
April 2014
Susan White and Casey Langer Tesfaye

High School Physics Availability

We find remarkable consistency in the proportion of high school seniors attending a school where physics is offered from our first survey in 1986-86 through our most recent in 2012-13. About 95% of seniors in the U.S. attend a high school where physics is offered on a regular basis. In this report, we examine two factors which seem to affect the availability of physics in a state: the average size of schools in the state and the educational attainment of the population in the state.

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