K-12 Computer Science


Overview

"These skills strengthen local community, national innovation, and opportunities for youth. Computer Science-not computer literacy-underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology to cinema-tography 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 world they are now living in and the future that is to come.

Currently in Nevada, there are 2,732 open computing jobs (4.1 times the average demand rate in Nevada). Nevada had only 96 computer science graduates in 2015 and only 23% were female. Only 9 schools in Nevada (8% of schools in NV with AP programs) offered an AP Computer Science course in 2015-2016; fewer than any other AP courses in a STEM field. And finally, only 104 high school students in NV took the AP Computer Science exam in 2016-only 21% were female, only 12 students were Hispanic or Latino, only 2 students were black, no students were Native American or Alaska Native, and only 1 student was Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Nevada not only needs to offer Computer Science education statewide, we need to provide equitable and diverse access to ALL of our students.

Here is what Nevada is doing to expand Computer Science education:

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