I gave a talk at Cornell Tech at their To Code & Beyond: Rising to Equity Conference on Jan 10, 2020. Here are a few slides from that talk. The slides are at https://umich.box.com/s/89amp7da5ss8hgxw4tztj68cq7e7gipk

There was a modest increase in AP CSA exams from 2017 to 2019, but the number of AP CSP exams more than doubled. I expect that we will see an increase in the number of AP CSA exams as more students get interested in computing after taking AP CSP, however we need to prepare more AP CSP teachers to teach AP CSA.

Black students had the lowest pass rate of any racial group on both CSP and CSA. The pass rate for Black students was less than half of that for Asian students in 2019. This is true for many AP exams, not just CS.

While the number of women taking AP CS has increased, the percentage of women hasn’t made all that much progress. AP CSA is still the second worst AP exam in terms of the Log(Female/Male) and AP CSP is the fifth worst. The size of the circle is the number of exams. The majority of the exams have a higher percentage of females than males.

While AP CS has been growing, it still isn’t reaching as many students as other exams. English Language and Composition is 6x the size of CSP.

A better measure than the total number of exams per state is the number of exams per 100,000 of population (according to the 2010 census). The image below includes the top ten states.

There is quite a variance in the percentage of exam takers that are female in each state. With a high of 29.9% in Vermont and a low of 0% in South Dakota (0 females out of 3 exam takers) for AP CSA.

For AP CSP the high was Washington D. C. with 53.1% and the low was Kansas with 16.83%.

There is also quite a variance in the percentage of females who pass the exam. For AP CSA it ranged from 85.7 in Nebraska (18 out of 21 females passed the exam) to 0% (since no females took the exam in South Dakota). Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota have 0% on the map because the college board won’t publish the results for a group if less than 5 people in that group took the exam. In Montana two females took the AP CSA exam, in Wyoming it was one, in North Dakota it was four. South Dakota had 0 females take the AP CSA exam in 2019.

For AP CSP it ranged from 100% in South Dakota (6 out of 6) to 38.5% for the District of Columbia.

Here is the percentage of AP CSA exam takers that were Black for 2019.

Here is the percentage of AP CSP exam takers that were Black for 2019.

Here is the percent of AP CSA exam takers that were Hispanic by state for 2019.

Here is the percent of AP CSP exam takers that were Hispanic by state for 2019.