Already lagging the nation in the percentage of high school students taking AP Computer Science, Florida fell further behind in 2016 as the state’s growth in exam takers and passers slowed while the nation’s growth rates continued to be rapid.
In Florida, 2,688 students took the AP Computer Science exam in May 2016, of whom 1,182 passed, for a passing rate of 44%. The number of students taking the exam in Florida was 6.3% higher in 2016 than in 2015, while the number passing rose by 2.8%.
Meanwhile, the number of students taking the exam throughout the nation rose by 17.3% to 54,379, while the number of passers rose by the same percentage, to 34,680 – a passing rate of 64%, much higher than Florida’s.
This fall, the College Board introduced a new, easier, AP Computer Science Principles course. Florida students may be more interested and successful in the new, easier course than they have been in the more demanding course, which is also being offered this year.
The site at which the College Board posted these numbers is here.