In Massachusetts schools, computer science students are still the outliers – The Boston Globe

July 18, 2013 at 1:20 am 1 comment

Interesting piece on the challenges that our ECEP colleagues are facing in getting CS into Massachusetts schools.

Last year, 23 of the state’s 378 public high schools taught a programming class in which 10 or more students took an Advanced Placement exam in the subject, according to Mass Insight Education, a nonprofit promoting advanced learning.

Of the 85,753 AP exams taken by Massachusetts students last year, only 913 were in computing.

But putting even the most basic programming classes in every school would be a massive undertaking and require years to design new statewide computing standards and curriculum, and to train and hire new teachers, admits MassCAN , the business coalition pushing to expand computer science education.

via In Massachusetts schools, computer science students are still the outliers – Business – The Boston Globe.

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  • 1. Garth  |  July 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    And this is the state that has MIT, one of the premier CS schools in the nation. Interesting.


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