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States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts


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A study by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance found that only 45% of U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science, and that girls and minorities are underrepresented in those classes.

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A study by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance found that only 45% of U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science (CS), and that girls and minorities are underrepresented in those classes.

The Code.org Advocacy Coalition generated nine policy recommendations for U.S. states to address the lack of computer science classes in most high schools, and the underrepresentation of girls and minorities in CS education.

Code.org said states adopting one to four of the coalition’s recommendations have seen a 39% boost in the number of high schools teaching CS, while adopters of all nine recommendations have witnessed a 65% increase.

The report found that states adopting even one of the recommendations have more schools teaching CS, and more female students taking CS Advanced Placement exams.

From U.S. News & World Report
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