Esther Cepeda: More minorities, females are entering STEM-career pipeline
Finally, some good news for brown and black students: A record number of them took Advanced Placement computer-science exams and earned a high enough score to qualify for college credit.
The College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the AP program, recently reported these three very bright spots:
- African-American students saw the most growth in participation, with an increase of 44 percent in those taking an AP computer-science exam (from 5,057 in 2017 to 7,301 in 2018).
- Hispanic students did nearly as well, with their participation increasing by 41 percent (from 14,860 in 2017 to 20,954 in 2018).
- Female students who took an AP computer-science exam increased 39 percent (from 27,395 in 2017 to 38,195 in 2018).
This is a tremendous feat in the face of continuing roadblocks to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for women and students of color in public schools.