COMPUTER SCIENCE IS ONE OF THE FEW POLICY ISSUES
THAT CAN ADDRESS BOTH FOUNDATIONAL EDUCATION NEEDS
AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DEMANDS
FOR A STATE’S FUTURE WORKFORCE.

  • Many states are implementing some or all of the nine specific policy ideas to expand access to K-12 computer science for all students.
  • There were 537 computer science graduates in 2015; only 15% were female students.
  • Only 25 schools (11% of schools with AP programs) offered any AP Computer Science course in 2016-2017, which is 10 more schools than the previous year.Only 20% of exams were taken by female students in 2017.
  • Only 8% of exams were taken by underrepresented minority students in 2017.
  • Universities in the state did not graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach computer science in 2016.