Barbara Ericson does an annual analysis of AP CS exam results. Her 2013 analysis attracted significant media attention.
Ellie Kesselman Wells's insight:
Some articles did a poor job with the statistics, so Kevin Karplus did a model-based analysis of Barbara's data. He was able to identify in which states the under-representation was truly significant.
Best press coverage: NYTimes Bits blog, going beyond just the shocks in the 2013 results, e.g. the situation in computer science has worsened over time. In Wyoming, for instance, no high school student of ANY race or gender took the test, while 35 students took the test there in 2001.
Worst press coverage: Huffington Post used Barbara's results as an indication of how unimportant Computer Science is!
"True, she was trying to point out there were too few computer science-focused girls compared to bio and math, but seriously, if that's our biggest problem..."
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