TABLE 3.2Percentage of Students Who Have Taken Chemistry Courses in High School

State2006aChangeb
Texas87+32
Iowa86+18
South Carolina82
District of Columbia76−1
Wisconsin74−2
Pennsylvania69+3
Louisiana66+12
Tennessee66+14
New York62−2
Ohio62+4
Arkansas59−6
South Dakota58+6
Indiana56−1
North Dakota55−5
North Carolina54−9
Wyoming51
California49+10
Minnesota49−2
Mississippi48−10
Utah48+1
Missouri48−3
Michigan43
New Mexico410
Oklahoma39−1
Idaho29−12
West Virginia13−47

NOTE: The numbers range from 87 percent to 13 percent, with substantial changes both upward and downward between 1996 and 2006.

a

Percentage.

b

Percent change between 1996 and 2006.

SOURCE: Council of Chief State School Officers. (2007). State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education: 2007. Washington, DC: Author. http://www.ccsso.org/publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=371.

From: 3, The High School Chemistry Teacher: Status and Outlook

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Strengthening High School Chemistry Education Through Teacher Outreach Programs: A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable.
National Research Council (US) Chemical Sciences Roundtable.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2009.
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