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Did You Know?  Top 10 Facts about Computer Science Education

  1. Computer science enables innovation, economic growth and is an integral element of culture. It shapes how people interact with each other and the world around them, and it impacts jobs, health care, national defense and energy, among other fields. Learn more…
  2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by the year 2020, there will be 4.2 million jobs in computing and information technology in the U.S., putting these fields among the fastest growing occupational fields. Learn more…
  3. Exposing students to computer science education in grades K-12 gives them critical thinking skills needed for their success in the 21st century and for strengthening the workforce. Learn more…
  4. Computer science courses in K-12 education are fading from the national landscape at the very moment they are needed most. According to the The College Board, in 2011, a total of 3.4 million AP exams were given. Just under 1 million of those were in the sciences. About 20,000 of those were in Computer Science, accounting for 2% of the science exams and 1% of all AP exams. Introductory secondary school computer science courses have decreased in number by 17 percent from 2005. Learn more…
  5. In 2011, 19 percent of Advanced Placement (AP) computer science test takers were women, even though women represented 56 percent of all AP test takers. In 2011, only 25 percent of computer scientists were female and only 3 percent were female and African American. Learn more…
  6. Computer science education has been encumbered by confusion with technology education and the use of technology in education, which are related but distinct concepts. Learn more...
  7. The Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association have established a clear four-part, grade-appropriate framework of standards for K-12 computer science education to guide state reform efforts. Learn more…
  8. Roughly two-thirds of the country has few computer science education standards for secondary school education, and 35 states treat high school computer science courses as simply an elective, versus an important element of a student’s core education. Learn more…
  9. The Computer Science Teachers Association has found that many states do not have a certification process for computer science teachers; where such processes exist, they often have no connection to computer science content. Learn more…
  10. The Computer Science Education Act has been introduced in the United States Congress to strengthen K-12 computer science education. Computing in the Core supports the legislation and needs your help to get more congressional support. You can also advocate for strenghtening computer science education at the state and local levels. Learn more and get involved…