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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8% 119

theodp (442580) writes "Code.org reports that preliminary data on students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Exam in 2014 show an increase of 8,276 students over 2013 and represent what the College Board called "the first real indication of progress in AP CS enrollment for women and underserved minorities in years." Girls made up 20% of the 39,393 total test takers, compared to 18.7% of the 31,117 test takers in 2013. Black or African American students saw their share increase by 0.19%, from 3.56% to 3.75% (low, but good enough to crush Twitter). Code.org credits the increased enrollment to its celebrity-studded CS promo film starring Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg ("I even made a personal bet (reflected in my contractual commitment to Code.org donors) that our video could help improve the seemingly immovable diversity numbers in computer science," Code.org founder Hadi Partovi notes). However, some of the increase is likely attributable to the other efforts of Code.org's donors. Microsoft ramped up its TEALS AP CS program in 2013-2014, and — more significantly — Google helped boost AP CS study not only through its CS4HS program, but also by funding the College Board's AP STEM Access program, which offered $5 million to schools and teachers to encourage minority and female students to enroll in AP STEM courses. This summer, explains the College Board, "All AP STEM teachers in the participating schools (not just the new AP STEM teachers), who increase diversity in their class, receive a [$100] DonorsChoose.org gift card for each student in the course who receives a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam." The bad news for AP CS teachers anticipating Google "Excellence Funding" bounties (for increasing course enrollment and completion "by at least five underrepresented students") is that AP CS pass rates decreased to 60.8% in 2014 (from 67.6% in 2013), according to Total Registration. Using these figures and a back-of-the-envelope calculation, while enrollment saw a 26.6% increase over last year, the total number of students passing increased by 13.9%."
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 26, 2014 @03:24PM (#47539619)

    > results in a lot of waist

    You Republicans with your minorities are fat stereotype is so hateful. It is your kind that doesn't allow them to afford better quality foods. I know you hate us, but being poor and working two jobs almost guarantees you're going to be overweight. Also, disrupting your sleep cycles can really cause you to lose weight. You Republicans are assholes for not acknowledging what your kind is responsible for.

  • Re:Why not? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Culture20 ( 968837 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @04:34PM (#47539871)

    The last nail in the coffin was when I trained a "more qualified" H1-b about "what those asterisks mean in C programming".

    He was just asking for a few pointers.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.