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Help give every student in South Carolina an opportunity to create not just consume software as they work toward completing the existing high school graduation requirements in computer 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.

South Carolina does require a year of computer science for graduation from high school but the requirement is all too often met with courses focusing on keyboarding related skills. While these are important life skills they should be addressed before the high school level. Courses meeting the high school graduation requirement should involve the experience of creating not just using software.

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, South Carolina will need to fill 81,140 STEM-related jobs, and 37% of these jobs will be in computing.

Rigorous high school computer science courses such as AP Computer Science need to be given special consideration because they are often taught as a second year of computer science. AP Computer Science contains many mathematical elements and is listed as a math class but currently can only be counted toward the computer science requirement. If the computer science requirement has been met by an earlier course, AP Computer Science should be counted as a math credit.

With just a few changes such as the ones listed above, South Carolina can become a leader in computer science education and take an important step toward preparing students for the 21st Century. To learn more about making computer science count, visit http://code.org.



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