Advanced Placement Data – CSA and CSP for 2019

The Advanced Placement (AP) data is out for 2019 at the College Board at

I have downloaded the data and written Python programs to process it along with data from prior years. See the following spreadsheets for more information.

The number of AP CSA exams taken in the U.S. increased from 60,040 in 2018 to 64,197 in 2019 (a 7% increase). The number of AP CSP exams taken in the U.S. increased from 70,864 in 2018 to 94,360 in 2019 (a 33% increase).

The percentage of females taking the AP CSA exam increased from 24% in 2018 to 24.5% in 2019. However, this is still the second worse percentage of females in AP after Physics C:elec. & magnet which is 24.3%. The percentage of females taking the AP CSP exam increased from 31.5% in 2018 to 32.7% in 2019. This is still the 5th worst percentage of females. Most (26 of 38 – 68%) of the AP exams have a higher percentage of females than males taking the exam.

The average pass rate on CSA for 2019 was 69.2% and for CSP it was 71.7%. These pass rates are better than Calculus AB which was 57.8%. However, the pass rate for Black students on CSA was 37.1% and CSP was 41.9%. The Hispanic pass rate was 46.9% for CSA and 54.4% for CSP. The Female pass rate for CSA was 66.8% and for CSP was 69.4%.

The top 10 states with the highest number of exams per 100,000 of population are:

  1. New Jersey at 47.5
  2. Virginia at 42.2
  3. Massachusetts at 39.2
  4. Connecticut at 33.9
  5. Maryland at 33.5
  6. California at 32.7
  7. Washington at 30.6
  8. Illinois at 28.1
  9. Delaware at 26.1
  10. Texas at 25.1

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