Compared with 1982, high school students in the United States are taking more basic and advanced science courses and the level of science achievement has increased, according to “The Condition of Education, 1995,” the annual report of the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The 518-page document reports on educational trends since the publication of, “A Nation at Risk,” the 1982 report on the status of education in America. The 1995 report states that over the last 12 years, high school graduates have begun taking more courses over all, particularly academic courses. More students are taking algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus as well as advanced science courses, including chemistry and physics. The proportion of students completing the recommended core courses has increased, as has the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement courses.