Looking Closer: The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index and Advanced Placement Tests

In January, we took a closer look at one of the sub-indices of the U.S. News and World Report/Raytheon STEM Index: High school interest.

Now, we examine another indicator included in the STEM Index, Advanced Placement (AP) tests.

The Advanced Placement Index accounts for 13 percent of the overall STEM index. It records the change in the proportion of STEM AP tests with a score of 3 or higher, which is generally the requisite score for earning college credit. The index also measures the proportion of AP tests in STEM fields as compared with all AP tests. Data for this portion of the STEM Index was collected from The College Board.

The number of tests taken has been on the rise nearly across the board for all STEM AP test subjects since 2000. However, the biggest gainers are Calculus AB, Biology, and Statistics, which have increased approximately one hundred-percent each in the past fifteen years.

Females seem to be lagging slightly behind males in all STEM AP subjects. Regardless,there is a notable and encouraging trend forming. The gap between males and females scoring a 3 on the AP computer science exam has closed from twelve percentage points in 2000 to five percentage points in 2014.

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