While the demand for computer science jobs remains high, the number of students graduating with a degree in CS is exceptionally low. In 2014, only 891 students graduated with a CS degree in New Jersey, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Of the 422 high schools in the state, only 170 offered the AP Computer Science course in 2014-2015. Currently, the New Jersey legislature is considering Bill No. 2873, which would require each public high school in New Jersey to offer a computer science course by the 2018-2019 school year. The new AP Computer Science Principles course and exam is being launched in the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, both the Next Generation Science Standards (Practice 5 – Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking) and New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standard 8.2, Strand E (Computational Thinking) require teachers to incorporate computational thinking into their curricula.
- Professional development in 100+ high schools
- Professional development in 75+ middle schools
- Professional development for 600 teachers/administrators, with 300 of these being new CS teachers
- Adoption of 300 new CS courses or programs in NJ schools
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