A high school background in computer science is foundational for every career, regardless of whether a student wants to become a lawyer, a doctor, a farmer, or a computer scientist. Of the students in our classrooms, 78% report an interest in studying more computer science. Whether they continue their studies or not, their early exposure to computer science will better prepare them for the 21st century.
Among young women and underrepresented minorities, the results are even more encouraging. A school’s participation in the Code.org program causes an estimated ten-fold increase in the number of Black students that took the AP exam, and a near 7-fold increase in the number of Black students who earned qualifying scores.
program causes an estimated five-f…ode.org Professional Learning Program to a set of comparable schools provided by the College Board. Researchers found a school’s participation in the Code.org program causes an estimated five-fold increase in the number of students that take and earn qualifying scores on the AP Computer Science Principles exam!
What happened instead is administrators decided to mirror the four year college and make computer science remain its own thing. Learning to Code might have applications in mathematics, but imbuing mathematics with coding languages would represent too much of a departure. The scientific calculator was the device most people expected would be required. The Chromebooks were earmarked for other coursework.