Expansion of AP computer science courses draws more girls and minorities
from The Lily
For more than 30 years, high schools have offered Advanced Placement classes in computer science. But about 10 years ago, educators began to worry about participation. Overall numbers were low. About 20,000 students took the computer science tests in 2007, fewer than the totals for AP French or studio art. A closer look showed even more dismal trends that year. Only about 3,360 female and 1,300 Latino students took the computer science test. The African American total was a mere 734.
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