[Update 6/28/16: 2016 expected to top 207,000. Official numbers out in the fall.

6/3/16: This ITIF report on computer science education shows in Figure 3 that statistics is the 3rd most popular science and math AP exam as of 2015. Relatedly, Figure 4 shows that percentage of high school students taking statistics hit 10% in 2010.

10/6/15: graph updated with official 2015 AP Statistics and Calculus AB data from https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15-calculus-ab-score-dist.pdf and https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15-statistics-score-dist.pdf.

10/17/14 update: graph updated with official 2014 data: http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/apcentral/ap14-statistics-score-dist.pdf & http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/apcentral/ap14-calculus-ab-score-dist.pdf.]

The 2013 number for AP Statistics has just been released by the College Board and shows continued robust growth, with an increase of almost 17,000 (11%) over the 2012 number. The percentage increase is in line with the average annual increase of 12% since 2003. See figure below.

Statistics | CalcAB | CalcBC | CompSci | PhysicsB | PhysicsC Mech | |

2012 | 152,750 | 266,994 | 94,403 | 26,103 | 80,584 | 38,630 |

For a graph of the AP Statistics, Calculus AB and Calculus BC for 1955-2004, see this College Board website graph.

See also these recent articles on AP Statistics from

- More Than 1 Million and Counting: The Growth of Advanced Placement Statistics,
*Amstat News,*September, 2012. - AP Statistics: Students’ Choices After High School,
*Amstat News,*May, 2009.

- Growing Numbers of Stats Degrees,
*Amstat News,*May, 2013. - Undergrad Statistics Degrees Continue Large Increases in 2012,
*Amstat News,*October, 2013. - Postdoc Numbers Small but on the Rise for Statistics, ASA Community Blog Entry, September 9, 2013
- See also this April 2007 Amstat News article, "Statistical Sciences Produces High Percentage of Female New Doctoral Recipients," by Rosanne Desmone: http://www.amstat.org/misc/2007_DesmoneFemalesInStats.pdf

[**10/15/13 addition to this blog** **entry:** Based on a Twitter question about the demographics, here are the percentages of exam takers that are female (http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/rtn/9th-annual/9th-annual-ap-report-subject-supplement-all-subjects.pdf):

% of exam takers female |
Stats | CalcAB | CalcBC | CompSci | PhysicsB | Chemistry | Biology | |

2012 | 52% | 49% | 41% | 19% | 35% | 47% | 59% |

For race/ethnicity of the 2012 AP Statistics exam takers, 61% were white; 17% Asian/Asian American/Paciﬁc Islander; 11% Hispanic/Latino; 6.5% Black/African American. http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/rtn/9th-annual/9th-annual-ap-report-subject-supplement-statistics.pdf. The total number of AP exams for 2012 in this reference is less than reported in the figure above, which I assume is because it is U.S. only.]

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