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Arkansas State Board of Education: Please help us make computer science satisfy existing high school graduation requirements for math or science.

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Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. Computer science courses should count toward high school math or science graduation requirements.

Computer science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, Arkansas will need to fill 47,860 STEM-related jobs, and 47% of these jobs will be in computing.

Current computer science courses do not count toward a student’s core math or science requirements from high school – they are treated as electives. Given the academic demands, college-bound students cannot afford to take computer science as an elective. Further, higher education often does not allow computer science courses to satisfy a math or science entrance requirement. Counting computer science as a math or science credit would not require schools to offer computer science or students to study it; it simply allows existing computer science courses to satisfy a core requirement that already exists.

To learn more about making computer science count, visit http://code.org.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Chairperson - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Brenda Gullett
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Samuel Ledbetter
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Joe Black
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Alice Williams Mahony
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Toyce Newton
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Mireya Reith
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Vicki Saviers
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Jay Barth
  • Board Member - Arkansas State Board of Education
    Diane Zook


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