Washington Student Achievement Council : Help us make computer science count!

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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 math or science entrance requirements for higher education.

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, Washington will need to fill 282,130 STEM-related jobs, and 50% of these jobs will be in computing.

Earlier this year, the Washington State Legislature and Governor Jay Inslee passed HB 1472 into law, allowing AP Computer Science to count as a math or science credit towards high school graduation -- great news for Computer Science education in our state! Yet it remains unclear if rigorous computer science courses satisfy a math or science entrance requirement to Washington colleges and universities. Counting computer science as a math or science entrance requirement would not require schools to offer computer science or students to study it; it simply allows existing computer science courses to satisfy an admission requirement that already exists.

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