One of the traditions in Florida STEM education circles is to say, “Well, at least we’re better than Mississippi”.
We recently obtained high school physics enrollment data for public high schools in Mississippi. While Mississippi has one of the nation’s lowest physics enrollment rates (according to the survey we conducted last summer), its rate is higher than those of 39 of Florida’s 67 school districts. The list of these 39 low-performing districts is shown below, along with an updated chart of Florida district physics enrollment rates.
We define the physics enrollment rate to be the number of physics course enrollments divided by the number of 12th graders. Our Florida list includes standard and honors physics classes, dual enrollment physics classes and physics courses in the AP, IB and AICE programs.
The Mississippi physics enrollment rate is 0.147, which places it 29th out of the 31 jurisdictions (30 states plus DC) that we surveyed.
The Florida school districts with lower physics enrollment rates than Mississippi:
St. Lucie 0.071