by CHELSEY BALLARTE
Originally published: July 18, 2017
Diversity is not one of the tech industry’s strongest suits, but Seattle-based Code.org sees hints this could change in coming years: In 2017, a record number of women and underrepresented minorities took the Advanced Placement computer science exams.
The College Board, which runs the nationwide AP exam program, reported that the number of women taking computer science tests rose by 135 percent in just one year, while participation by underrepresented minorities was 170 percent higher.
“I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” said Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, recalling the first time he saw the data. “This is a problem I think our country has been grappling with, and to see such strong participation by women and minority students is great.”