Petitioning Chairperson - Arkansas State Board of Education Brenda Gullett and 8 others

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.

Letter 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
and 6 others
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
Please help us make computer science satisfy existing Arkansas high school graduation requirements for math or science.

Technology and computers are very much at the core of our economy going forward. To be prepared for the demands of the 21st century—and to take advantage of its opportunities—it is essential that more of our students today learn basic computer programming skills, no matter what field of work they want to pursue.

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.