More women pass AP CS than AP Calculus

July 26, 2013 at 1:39 am 1 comment

Barbara Ericson has generated her 2012 Advanced Placement Computer Science report. http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/321 has all of her reports. http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/548 has her more detailed analysis just of 2012. Since one of our concerns with GaComputes and ECEP is on pass rates, not just test-takers, she dug deeper into pass rates.  For a point of comparison, she looked up AP Calculus pass rates.  What she found is somewhat surprising — below is quoted from her page.

Comparison of AP CS A to AP Calculus AB in 2012

  • The number of students that take the exam per teacher is much higher for AP Calculus AB at 21 students per teacher versus 11 for Computer Science A

  • The number of schools that teach Calculus is 11,694 versus 2,103

  • AP CS A had a higher pass rate than Calculus – 63% versus 59%

  • AP CS A had a higher female pass rate than Calculus – 56% versus 55%

  • AP CS A had a higher Hispanic pass rate than Calculus – 39.8% versus 38.4%

  • AP Calculus had a higher black pass rate than CS – 28.7% versus 27.3%

  • Calculus had a much higher percentage of women take the exam than CS – 48.3% versus 18.7%

  • Calculus had a higher percentage of black students take the exam than CS – 5.4% versus 4.0%

  • Calculus had a higher percentage of Hispanic/Latino students take the exam than CS – 11.5% versus 7.7%

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