Saturday, October 24, 2015

Governor Hutchinson Announces Updated Computer Science Numbers; More than 2,000 Enrolled ...

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the newest computer science numbers at an event in Fort Smith earlier today. To date, 3,973 students are enrolled in computer science courses, with more than 550 students taking more than one course.

2,004 students are currently enrolled in the new course, Essentials of Computer Programming – created under the direction of the Governor. The Governor has set an initial goal of seeing 6,000 high schools students take this course each year.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:
“The numbers are very promising. To have a 260 percent increase over last year in the number of students taking computer science courses tells me that there is a hunger for this curriculum.“Through our computer-science initiative, Arkansas’s students, teachers and educators have gotten the word that computer coding is an essential skill necessary to compete in any 21st century field. These first-year numbers send a message to businesses and entrepreneurs that Arkansas will lead the way when it comes to computer literacy.”

More detailed information below:

Computer Coding Updates
o      Enrollment
-      2015-16: 3,975 students, with 553 students taking more than one computer science course
-       260% increase in enrollment from 2014-15
-     472% increase in enrollment from 2013-14

o      2015-2016: 2,004 students enrolled in the new course, Essentials of Computer Programming – created under the direction of the Governor.
o      300% increase in female student enrollment
o      Increase in minority student enrollment
o      African-American female enrollment increased by 609% (45 students enrolled in 2015-16 to 319 enrolled in 2016-17)

·       Computer coding courses
o      14 courses that have been identified to teach computer coding are being offered in the 2015-16 school year:
-       Essentials of Computer Programming
-      Computer Science with Mathematics
-       AP Computer Science
-      IB Computer Science
-       Programming I
-       Programming II
-       Java I
-       Java II
-       Intro to Object Oriented Programming
-       Computer Science and Software Engineering
-      Computer Game Design and Development
-       Intro to Mobile Application Development
-      Mobile Application Development I
-      Mobile Application Development II

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