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/icegt/321 has all of her reports. http://home.cc.gatech.edu/icegt/548 has her more detailed analysis just of 2012. Since one of our concerns with GaComputes and ECEP is on pass rates, not just testtakers, 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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