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Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech


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Girls studying computer science.

Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.

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Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course, with the number of black enrollees increasing 121% since its 2016 launch.

The number of Hispanic/Latino students who have taken the course has climbed 125% since its inception, while the number of female AP CSP students has increased 136% since 2016.

The University of Florida's Christina Gardner-McCune said growth in CS student diversity "in turn will help diversify the tech industry."

From Government Technology-Center for Digital Education (08/07/19) Christina Gardner-McCune
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