NEW DATA: Bridging the Computer Science Gap – changetheequation.org

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CHANGETHEEQUATION.ORG – Jobs in computing are widespread, they are multiplying far faster than in other fields, and they pay much more, yet only 22 percent of U.S. 12th-graders say they have ever taken a computer programming class. More than half couldn’t take such a class if they wanted to, because their high schools don’t offer any. Students of color, low-income students and rural students fare worst of all.   

At a time when millions of Americans worry about wage stagnation, inequality, and dwindling opportunities, this situation is perverse. Change the Equation’s new analysis of recent federal data reveals the depth of the problem. Fortunately, some states and school districts are committing themselves to giving every high schooler access to computer science. Computer science unlocks a bright future.

According to Change The Equation’s new analysis, well less than half the nation’s high school seniors attend schools that even offer any kind of computer science course. Fewer than one in four attends a school that offers AP Computer Science, the gold standard for computer science classes.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 3.10.50 PMView the full blog post, statistics and images HERE

Data provided by: changetheequation.org

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