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Female, Minority Students Took AP Computer Science in Record Numbers


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A young student learning to code.

Participation by female, African-American, Latino, and rural students in Advanced Placement computer science courses boomed this year.

Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Participation by female, African-American, and Latino students and students in rural areas in Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses boomed this year as the College Board drew more students to an introductory course designed to expand access to highly prized technology skills.

Code.org estimates the number of African-American students taking AP computer science courses climbed 44% to 7,301, while Hispanic and Latino participation increased 41% to 20,954, and female enrollment rose 39% to 38,195.

The College Board says 135,992 students took AP computer science exams this year, marking a 31% gain from last year.

Meanwhile, the rural student population taking AP computer science exams surged 42% to 14,184.

Said Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi, “Our society is rewriting every industry using computer science, and we shouldn’t limit participation in that only to a lucky few."

From USA Today
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