We have started our 2023–24 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics. The table below provides some information about each state. The nine states that account for more than half of all seniors are shown in bold.

We know from previous survey rounds that smaller schools (those with fewer than 50 seniors) are less likely to offer physics than larger ones. We anticipate seeing that in this round, too. It is not the total number of seniors in a state, but the average number of seniors per school that is most likely to impact whether physics is offered. Even though Delaware has a relatively small number of seniors (10,088), it has fewer schools, too. The average number of seniors per school in Delaware is 165.4. We expect to see a relatively higher physics-taking rate in Delaware than in Montana, which has a similar number of seniors, but many more schools, resulting...

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