Dig Deeper into AP Computer Science

The AP Computer Science A exam is widely accepted by the computer science education community as one of the most reliable measures of computer science high school course-taking patterns. The College Board’s rigorous methodology and data gathering has enabled us to see trends in AP Computer Science A exam-taking over time, by state, by gender, and by ethnic group. This page contains a summary of that data.

In 2016, the College Board debuted a new computer science exam, AP Computer Science Principles. Data on the first administration of this exam should be available in Fall 2017.

This data comes directly from the public spreadsheets available on a per-state basis from the College Board.

AP Computer Science A Over Time

Change in ethnic group categories: In 2016, the College Board changed the ethnic group categories that they report. Prior to 2016, we considered the following to be underrepresented minority groups: American Indian, Black, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Other Hispanic. In 2016, we considered the following categories: American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.

Download a spreadsheet with this data here.

2016 Outcomes

General

Female participation

Underrepresented minority participation

For 2016 College Board data, we consider the following ethnic group categories to be underrepresented minorities: American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. (Other categories reported by the College Board are Asian, White, Two or more races, Other, and No response.) Note that in previous years, the College Board reported demographics using different categories; for those years, the following ethnic group categories are considered to be underrepresented minorities: American Indian, Black, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Other Hispanic. (Other ethnic categories reported by the College Board include Asian, White, Other, and Not stated.)

2016 State-Level Highlights

Female participation at the state level

Underrepresented minority participation at the state level

Deep Historical Analysis of State Data by Barb Ericson

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Code.org performed calculations and analysis on the data as provided on the public College Board AP data reports.