The number of chemistry course enrollments in Florida’s public high schools continued to drop precipitously in the Fall 2018 semester, adding up to a decline of 14% since Fall 2015 – only three years ago.
The rate of decline in chemistry is even faster than that in physics in the state’s public high schools. Together, the chemistry and physics statistics show that the role of the physical sciences in the education of Florida’s high school students is shrinking rapidly.
The course enrollment data shown here were posted by the Florida Department of Education this past week. The data do not include dual enrollment.
The chemistry decline is concentrated in the non-Honors Chemistry 1 class, where enrollments have decreased by 32.3% since the Fall of 2015.