Florida has pushed hard to get more students involved the Advanced Placement program, and the state’s education leaders have bragged about their success in this.
And the state has made a conscious decision to emphasize biology over other sciences in its K-12 program.
So the state must be doing well in AP Biology, right?
Well, not so much.
Only 2.1% of Florida’s 2012 high school graduates had credit for AP Biology, a rate which ranks the state 25th in the nation.
Massachusetts leads the nation in this category, with 5.5% of its 2012 high school grads having AP Biology credit. And it’s not just the northeastern states leading Florida. The southeastern states in front of Florida include North Carolina (2.6%), South Carolina (2.4%) and Georgia (2.4%).
The situation is about the same in chemistry. For the percentage of 2012 high school grads having AP Chemistry credit, Florida ranks 24th at 2.1%, behind leader Massachusetts (3.5%) and southeastern states South Carolina and Georgia (both at 2.4%).