Teacher Graduation Rates at Legacy Sites Have Increased Sustainably
Nearly every PhysTEC site that has focused on recruiting high school physics teachers (several early sites focused on elementary and middle school teacher education instead) has seen substantial increases in teacher graduation numbers. Additionally, all legacy sites have sustained graduation rates at an elevated level compared to pre-funding years.
PhysTEC sites now graduate over 50 teachers a year, which means the project accounts for around 10% of all new physics teachers who have a physics degree in the U.S. If a significant fraction of the nearly 800 institutions that grant a physics bachelor's degree make similar increases to those made at PhysTEC institutions, this will greatly increase the number of qualified physics teachers in the nation's classrooms.