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Published on March 6, 2017 by Code.Org

With record enrollment and record diversity, the AP Computer Science Principles exam is poised to make history. The community of nonprofits, corporations, and educators supporting the spread of this new course ask you to help us encourage students to sign up to take the AP Computer Science exam (if they’re enrolled in the course), or to enroll in the course for next year. Help us spread the word!

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April Carpenter
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April Carpenter
4 months 18 days ago
Take an interactive look at female test takers by statepublic.tableau.com/views/APCSexamfemaletesttakers2016/Dashboard1?:embed=y&:display_count=yes&:showVizHome=no#9Take an interactive look at female test takers by stateThe number of African American students taking the AP CS A exam also increased by 14 percent this year, but the overall pass rate for these students decreased from 38 percent in the previous year to 33 percent in 2016. The top five states for the percentage of African Americans taking the exam in 2016 were: the District of Columbia, Maryland, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Nearly half of all states had less than 10 black students take the AP CS A exam.Hispanic… Read more »
April Carpenter
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April Carpenter
4 months 19 days ago

This video "the Face of CS" does not show diversity. This cannot be considered the "face". If we want to embrace all nationalities into this vast field, the outreach products should also reflect all nationalities. I cannot show this to my achieving CS students, because they have not been included as the "Face of CS". Code.org more diversity is needed in this one.

Hi Nicetry
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Hi Nicetry
4 months 18 days ago
April Carpenter I do believe that, yes, there should have probably been more nationalities in the video. But, if you go behind the scenes, the footage collected in this video was gathered through social media under the tag #apcsp. I don't think code.org was trying to cut out a certain race or make it seem like only certain people are taking the ap exam. Code.org was only using the material that they had collected in a creative and fun manner. True, they could have labeled the video something else, but I think "The Face of CS" is appropriate because the… Read more »
April Carpenter
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April Carpenter
4 months 18 days ago

Meg, did you look at the video? The African American males and Indian males and females are not represented at all and our achieving African American females are barely seen. This is not the face of CS. We must do better with our outreach products, and especially with the "Titles". The title alone gives a message that certain nationalities are not included in this field. Regardless of INTENT, the message of this video should have been reviewed. Code.org where is your Diversity and Inclusion Office? Take a look at the data…..//www.cc.gatech.edu/news/584765/analysis-2016-ap-computer-science-testing-reveals-ongoing-need-qualified-high-school

Meg Capet
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Meg Capet
4 months 19 days ago

What group did you feel was underrepresented?

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4 months 19 days ago

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