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ERIC Number: ED547652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
High School Physics Availability: Results from the 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers. Focus On
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
In this report, the authors share their analysis of the data from over 3,500 high schools in the U.S. beginning with an examination of the availability of physics in U.S. high schools. The schools in their sample are a nationally-representative random sample of the almost 25,000 high schools in forty-nine of the fifty states. Table 1 shows the remarkable consistency in the availability of physics through the years. About 95% of seniors attend a school where physics is taught on a regular basis; this has been true since the first survey during the 1986-87 academic year. This year, as they examine the availability of physics at the state level, they looked at educational attainment in each state and the average size of schools in the state as factors affecting physics availability. As they reported earlier, physics is more likely to be offered in states with larger schools on average. They also found that high school physics is more likely to be offered in states with a higher proportion of adults (age 25 or older) who have graduated from high school.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center