More girls, African-Americans now enroll in AP computer science

Nov 13, 2018 by

Silicon Valley has long been disproportionately male. Our writer looks into some encouraging new activity around one important on-ramp for helping get more women and minorities into well-paying tech jobs.

– Clayton

From college campuses to major technology companies, the typical profile of a computer scientist as a white or Asian man persists. But increases in the number of girls and minority students (at the expense of boys) taking Advanced Placement (AP) computer science exams in the United States suggest that change may be afoot. The College Board reports that from 2017 to 2018, female, African-American, and Hispanic students were among the fastest growing demographics of AP computer science test-takers, with increases in exam participation of 39 percent, 44 percent, and 41 percent, respectively. These increases are higher than the overall 31 percent bump in exam participation. “If [more female and minority] students take computer science in high school, in college, then hopefully one day these students will join the tech force, and we’ll see a larger representation of America,” says Alice Steinglass, president of, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor Daily for November 9, 2018

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