Number of girls taking AP computer science exam more than doubles in 1 year

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More girls than ever took the Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, according to an analysis by Seattle nonprofit code.org.

For the analysis, code.org crunched 2007 to 2017 data from the AP College Board

This year, 29,708 girls took an AP computer science exam, an increase from the 12,642 girls who took the exam in 2016 and a giant leap from the 2,665 female students who took the exam 10 years ago.

Of the overall 111,262 students who took an AP computer science exam in 2017, 27 percent were female.

The number of underrepresented minority students  — comprising black, Latino and Native American groups — who took the exam also grew. The number of test-takers nearly tripled this year, reaching 22,199 students.

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