Participation and Performance in AP Computer Science Nearly Doubles with introduction of AP Computer Science Principles
Massachusetts Leads the Nation in AP Success
Over the last 10 years, both the number of U.S. public high school graduates who’ve taken an Advanced Placement® (AP®) exam and the number who have scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam have increased by about 70%, according to the AP Program Results: Class of 2017 report released today.
With the class of 2017, more students than ever are participating and succeeding in AP. More than 1.17 million students in the class of 2017 took 3.98 million AP Exams in public high schools nationwide, up from 1.14 million students in 2016 and 691,437 in the class of 2007. When it comes to performance, 711,518 students scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam in 2017, compared to 423,067 in 2007.
“The fact that student participation and performance are moving in tandem year after year is cause for celebration. In greater numbers than ever before, AP is clearing a path for students to own their own future,” said David Coleman, president and CEO, the College Board. “With the historic launch of AP Computer Science Principles, we changed the invitation to computer science and thousands of students, who once had not participated, succeeded in AP-level work that’s prepared them for career success.”
“学生的参与度和考试表现越来越好，这样的状态是值得被庆祝的。比以往任何时候都多的大批量的莘莘学子参与进来，AP考试正在为学生们铺平他们自己未来的道路，”College Board大学委员会主席兼首席执行官David Coleman表示，“随着AP计算机课程的历史性开设，我们改变了学生学习计算机的方式。那些之前没有参与到其中的成千上万名学生成功地完成了AP层次的学习，这为他们未来事业的成功做足了准备。”
With the launch of AP CSP, the number of females who took an AP computer science course more than doubled, as did the number of Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, and rural students. Today, a more diverse group of students have exposure to computer science and have broadened their understanding of how it might play into their future career.
In addition, students’ performance on the exam exceeded expectations. Overall, 74.5% of students scored 3 or higher on the 2017 AP CSP Exam. At the same time, the number of females earning a 3 or higher on an AP computer science exam also doubled and the number of Hispanic/Latino and Black/African American students scoring a 3 or higher almost tripled.
“For too long, we as a nation have talked about engaging more students—and a more diverse set of students—in computer science education. Despite the best intentions, such growth has been elusive. The eye-opening expansion in participation among female, rural white, and minority students in AP Computer Science this year is a tribute to educators who have used this new AP course to deliver concrete college and career readiness opportunities to many more students,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of the AP Program.
Developed by the AP Program with the National Science Foundation and our higher education partners, AP CSP is anchored in teamwork, collaboration, and creative use of technology to solve challenges students and teachers identify in their lives and communities. In the 2017-18 school year, its second, the course is offered in 1,300 new schools, bringing the total to almost 3,800 high schools worldwide.
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More high schools than ever offer AP classes. In 2006-07, 16,464 schools participated in AP; today that number has grown to 22,169 schools.
Research consistently demonstrates that AP students are better prepared for college. They’re more likely to enroll in college, stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.