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July 25, 2017 AT 9:00 am

Number of Girls Taking AP Computer-Science Exam More Than Doubles #MakerEducation

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Via Education Week.

More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.”

Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.

Girls made up about 27 percent of the 111,262 students who took an AP computer-science exam in 2017.

The number of minorities underrepresented in the tech industry—black, Latino, and Native American—who took the exam nearly tripled from last year, reaching 22,199 students this year. That was about 20 percent of the total.

Code.org, which develops curriculum and trains teachers to teach computer-science courses, heralded the results.

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