Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Victor Fay-Wolfe

Abstract

Advanced placement exams in Computer Science have been identified as having one of the largest disparities in student gender, race, and ethnicity across all College Board advance placement courses. Historically, the demographic compositions of advance placement exams AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science AB have primarily consisted of White males. For the 2016-2017 academic year, College Board administered the first AP Computer Science Principles exam with the goal to increase diversity in computer science and appeal to marginalized populations that are often underrepresented in computing. This research provides a comprehensive analysis of the equity and inclusion of the University of Rhode Island’s implementation of AP Computer Science Principles and the demographic profile of the AP Computer Science Principles exam participants at the state and national level.

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