It has been true for years that certain demographics, including women have long been underrepresented in STEM fields. This is true specifically in the Computer Science field. A new study is suggesting a change could be coming because of a boost in the number of girls and black kids studying computer science in the AP Computer Science Principles class in high school.
The study, conducted by the College Board, reports a 121 percent increase in the number of black students taking the class since it was first introduced in 2016. The number of females entering the course has shot up by 136 percent.
Moreover, the number of black students who passed the AP exam with a 3 or higher has jumped 118 percent. For Latinos that figure sits at 116 percent. AP exams are scored from one to five, with one being the worst and five the best. Scoring a three of higher means the student can now bypass remedial courses in the subject once they’re college bound.
That’s significant l because it could mean a larger diverse pool of college bound students who are academically prepared for and have an interest in Computer Science programs.
Article by Raz Robinson, journalist and freelance writer, based in New York City and Philadelphia. You can connect with him on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter @razrobinson or send an email at Rrob0904 (at) gmail (dot) com.