It appears that AP Physics 1 did not quite work out the way we hoped it would. It’s a fine course, but enrollments in Florida public high schools have plateaued at about 7,500 per year and passing rates are stuck near 40%.
Recently, I’ve talked with some teachers who are restarting Honors Physics or are expanding their Honors Physics offerings. Some are also planning to use Honors Physics to recruit students into AP Physics 1 – effectively making AP Physics 1 a second year course.
If you are a high school physics teacher, let me know how you are coping with the challenges posed by AP Physics 1 enrollments. Write to me at my FSU e-mail address or send me a tweet. If you’d like, I’ll post your ideas on this blog.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.