Pass rates overall for females, African Americans, and Hispanics were below those of white males on the AP computer science exam, she said.
Students in those three groups "are not taking the exam in representative numbers, but even the ones that are taking it are not necessarily passing," she said.
"Especially black studentsthey have a lower pass rate than any other race."One complicating factor, Ericson said, is that AP computer science courses "are more prevalent in suburban and private schools than in urban, poor schools." About 2,300 high schools are officially recognized by the College Board as offering AP computer science for 2013-14a fraction of the 15,000 high schools that offer some type of AP course, she noted.Davis of the College Board emphasized the need to put the numbers in context.You can explore our singles Profile base and leave a message to them no need to register or download anything, our free mobile chat works in any mobile browser.no Java no Flash player no need to download an app to your mobile Android or i Phone..Deborah Davis, spokeswoman for the College Board, wrote in an email, "We were not surprised by Barbara Ericson's findings because unfortunately, computing courses have historically been dominated by white, male students."Even so, Ericson's breakdown of the test-takers offers a stark illustration of gender and racial inequities at the high school level.
And it comes at a time when the College Board has stepped up its focus on seeing that traditionally underrepresented groups of students have access to AP courses and tests.