New Jersey State Board of Education : Please help make Computer Science count towards high school graduation requirements in 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 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, New Jersey will need to fill 248,240 STEM-related jobs, and 59% of these jobs will be in computing.
Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s core 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 an entrance requirement if it doesn't count as a math or science credit.
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