Underrepresented Minorities in High School Physics

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Underrepresented Minorities in High School Physics

Results from the 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers
June 2015
Susan White and John Tyler

Underrepresented Minorities in High School Physics

African Americans and Hispanics continue to lag behind other racial and ethnic groups in high school physics taking. Overall, 39% of high school seniors in 2013 would have taken at least one high school physics class before graduation; yet, physics taking by these two groups remain below 30%. Using data from our 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers, we examine the relationship between socioeconomics and physics taking by race.

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