K-12 Computer Science


Overview

Computer Science provides students with vital skills for a global digital society.

“These skills strengthen local community, national innovation, and opportunities for youth. Computer Science - not computer literacy - underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology to cinematography to national security. Yet, the majority of U.S. schools require only that students use computers. Seldom do schools prepare students to innovate and create the new technologies that drive local and national economies. This ability to innovate with technology is also important for students’ future success and ability to make a difference in a global society.” (NCWIT.org)

Computer Science is more than just computer programming. It is computational thinking, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving. These are tools our students need to be successful in the digital world they are now living and the future that is to come.

Computer Science in Nevada

  • Nevada currently has 2,157 open computing jobs (3.2 times the average demand rate in Nevada).
  • The average salary for a computing occupation in NV is $76,681, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($45,040). The existing open jobs alone represent a $165,400,572 opportunity in terms of annual salaries.
  • Nevada had only 163 computer science graduates in 2017; only 25% were female.
  • In Nevada, only 67% of all public high schools teach computer science (18-19 data).
  • Only 877 exams were taken in AP Computer Science by high school students in Nevada in 2018 (131 took AP CS A and 746 took AP CSP).
  • Only 33% were female (15% for AP CS A and 36% for AP CSP); only 272 exams were taken by Hispanic or Latino students (24 took AP CS A and 248 took AP CSP); only 47 exams were taken by Black students (9 took AP CS A and 38 took AP CSP); only 2 exams were taken by American Indian or Alaska Native students (1 took AP CS A and 1 took AP CSP); only 4 exams were taken by Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students (1 took AP CS A and 3 took AP CSP).
  • Only 31 schools in NV (25% of NV schools with AP programs) offered an AP Computer Science course in 2017-2018 (14% offered AP CS A and 27% offered AP).

Data Charts

  • Alt text: Increase in Nevada High Schools offering CS - Total number of HS in state (15-19 = 90); Total number of HS with CS - (15-16 = 19, 21%; 16-17 = 27, 30%; 17-18 = 40, 44%; 18-19 = 60, 67%)
  • Alt text: Graph of Nevada High School CS Enrollment Comparison by Year and Demographic from 2015-2019 by  years in this order: 15-16, 16-17, 17-18, 18-19. Asian: 228 / 14.6%; 468 / 19.7%; 462 / 14.7%; 704 / 12.9%. Black: 129 / 8.2%; 200 / 8.4%; 253 / 8.0%; 386 / 7.1%. Caucasian: 612 / 39.1%; 852 / 35.9%; 1150 / 36.6%; 1787 / 32.8%. Hispanic: 460 / 29.4%; 640 / 27.0%; 986 / 31.3%; 2165 / 39.7%. Native American / Alaskan: 4 / 0.3%; 8 / 0.3%; 18 / 0.6%; 20 / 0.4%. Mixed Races: 105 / 6.7%; 161 / 6.8%; 237 / 7.5%; 320 / 5.9%. Pacific Islander: 26 / 1.7%; 45 / 1.9%; 40 / 1.3%; 70 / 1.3%. Female: 334 / 21.4%; 634 / 26.7%; 946 / 30.1%; 1800 / 33%. Male: 1220 / 78%; 1740 / 73.3%; 2200 / 69.9%; 3652 / 67%. Disabled: 75 / 4.8%; 113 / 4.8%; 148 / 4.7%; 266 / 4.9%. Economically Disadvantaged:618 / 39.5%; 837 / 35.3%; 1169 / 37.2%; 2534 / 46.5%. ELL: 82 / 5.2%; 150 / 6.3%; 232 / 7.4%; 417 / 7.6%.
  • Alt text: Alt text: Table of Nevada High School CS Enrollment Comparison by Year and Demographic from 2015-2019 by  years in this order: 15-16, 16-17, 17-18, 18-19. Asian: 228 / 14.6%; 468 / 19.7%; 462 / 14.7%; 704 / 12.9%. Black: 129 / 8.2%; 200 / 8.4%; 253 / 8.0%; 386 / 7.1%. Caucasian: 612 / 39.1%; 852 / 35.9%; 1150 / 36.6%; 1787 / 32.8%. Hispanic: 460 / 29.4%; 640 / 27.0%; 986 / 31.3%; 2165 / 39.7%. Native American / Alaskan: 4 / 0.3%; 8 / 0.3%; 18 / 0.6%; 20 / 0.4%. Mixed Races: 105 / 6.7%; 161 / 6.8%; 237 / 7.5%; 320 / 5.9%. Pacific Islander: 26 / 1.7%; 45 / 1.9%; 40 / 1.3%; 70 / 1.3%. Female: 334 / 21.4%; 634 / 26.7%; 946 / 30.1%; 1800 / 33%. Male: 1220 / 78%; 1740 / 73.3%; 2200 / 69.9%; 3652 / 67%. Disabled: 75 / 4.8%; 113 / 4.8%; 148 / 4.7%; 266 / 4.9%. Economically Disadvantaged:618 / 39.5%; 837 / 35.3%; 1169 / 37.2%; 2534 / 46.5%. ELL: 82 / 5.2%; 150 / 6.3%; 232 / 7.4%; 417 / 7.6%.
  • Alt text: Overall K-12 State Demographics by years in this order 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Total number of K-12 students: 473,647 and 485,768. American Indian / Alaskan Native: .92% and .88%. Asian: 5.5% and 5.49%. Hispanic: 42.09% and 42.41%. Black: 10.81% and 11.09%. White: 33.2% and 32.47%. Pacific Islander: 1.39% and 1.41%. Two or more races: 6.09% and 6.24%.