Which Florida school districts have worse physics enrollment rates than Mississippi?

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:

Escambia 0.139

Pasco 0.137

Lee 0.129

Polk 0.123

Calhoun 0.118

Holmes 0.117

Lake 0.117

Osceola 0.108

Putnam 0.105

Columbia 0.104

Gulf 0.103

Baker 0.098

Sumter 0.090

Highlands 0.086

Suwanee 0.086

Hardee 0.075

St. Lucie 0.071

Marion 0.064

Bradford 0.060

Bay 0.054

Hernando 0.054

Citrus 0.053

Washington 0.050

Okeechobee 0.041

Hendry 0.031

DeSoto 0.024

Jackson 0.013

Union 0.007

Dixie 0.000

Gadsden 0.000

Gilchrist 0.000

Glades 0.000

Hamilton 0.000

Jefferson 0.000

Lafayette 0.000

Levy 0.000

Liberty 0.000

Madison 0.000

Taylor 0.000

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