January 17, 2014

America's Coming Geek Gap

You may have seen some alarming statistics on the downright puny numbers of girls and students of color taking the Advanced Placement computer science exam in several states. Last year, not a single girl took the college-level coding test in 2 states and no black students tested in 11 states, including Mississippi, which has the biggest black population in the country. Those stats, taken from a Georgia Tech analysis of all AP exams taken in 2013, are abysmalâif unsurprising.

Less remarked upon was the fact that practically nobody is taking this test. Check out the number of all exams taken in AP computer science compared to five other subjects...

Read more at Mother Jones.