Georgia Board of Regents accepts APCS as “counting”

November 5, 2009 at 6:24 am 5 comments

Just found a great piece of email in my (massive!) unread pile from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Here’s the latest on the AP CS. After much thought and discussions on the AP CS course, we have decided to accept the AP CS course as a 4th course for admission to the USG institutions. However, the course will be listed in a separate category.

To follow up…..I do have a question for you. Would it be helpful to the students and our institutions if the AP CS course was to be accepted as a fourth science course only, or as a fourth science OR math course? We would like to do what’s best for the students and our institutions.

This could hardly be a better answer for us.  Computing is something different, so it gets a new category.  Of course, yes, we have asked for the “science OR math” option — which also matches with the understanding that computing has aspects of both, and helps students with either.

There’s another step yet.  This is the University saying, “This will count for University admissions.”  Next, the Georgia Department of Education has to say, “And we’ll count that for high school graduation.”  Normally, that should be nearly automatic, but creating a whole new category of courses may take some more convincing.  We’ll keep you informed.

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  • 1. Steve Tate  |  November 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

    This is fantastic news! Let’s hope this can start a trend for other states to follow. I wasn’t overly hopeful after the discussion here a couple of weeks ago, so this is a pleasant surprise.

    I didn’t post this link to the earlier discussion because it had sort of died out by then, but this is a relevant article: Professor Working to Advance Computing as a Science

    That story is about a project between Richard Snodgrass and Peter Denning. Peter has written some things in CACM along the lines of “CS as a science” that I have not found very compelling, but I’m certainly glad that people are exploring these options and pushing on the definitions a little bit.

  • 2. Darrin Thompson  |  November 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Yay. I wish that had been around when I was in HS.

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