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ERIC Number: ED556465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Computer Science in High School Graduation Requirements. ECS Education Trends
Zinth, Jennifer Dounay
Education Commission of the States
Computer science and coding skills are widely recognized as a valuable asset in the current and projected job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 37.5 percent growth from 2012 to 2022 in the "computer systems design and related services" industry--from 1,620,300 jobs in 2012 to an estimated 2,229,000 jobs in 2022. Yet some reports point to an alarming absence of female and minority students in courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) computer science. Of AP Computer Science A exam takers in the Class of 2013, 81 percent were male and 82.5 percent were white or Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander. Code.org reports nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming coursework. This ECS Education Trends report identifies states that are allowing or requiring districts to apply computer science coursework toward completion of high school graduation requirements in math, science, or foreign language. This report also highlights several states that require computer science courses to fulfill requirements for a specialized diploma or endorsement to the standard high school diploma.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail: ecs@ecs.org; Web site: http://www.ecs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States