Nearly 1.4 million high school physics students

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5 May 2014

The Physics Teacher May 2014Results from the 2012–13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers show that nearly 1.4 million students were enrolled in high school physics classes. Enrollments in advance placement and second-year courses were up by 26% from four years earlier, while the total number of high school graduates was down slightly. These data are from an article just published in the May 2014 issue of The Physics Teacher. The article includes the breakdown of enrollments by type of class, and data on the proportion of students who will have taken at least one high school physics course by the time they graduate. For the class of 2013, we estimate that 39% of the graduates will have taken at least one physics course; this is up slightly from the 37% seen in 2009.