4/16/2012 - NSTA Reports—Lynn Petrinjak
NSTA recently asked members how science courses were structured in their school districts. Approximately 72% reported their school districts organize science classes as biology first, then chemistry, then physics; 10% report physics first, followed by chemistry and then biology. Seven percent said students did not have to take science courses in a specified order. In addition, 53% reported physics as being offered at two grade levels. More than three-quarters of respondents said Earth science was not required, while more than half said three or more Advanced Placement (AP) science courses were offered, with biology, chemistry, and physics B the most popular options.