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 Computer Science



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All Georgia students need access to computer science courses – even if they’re not going to enter a computer science-specific career.

Computer science provides foundational learning benefiting every child, giving them a set of essential knowledge for a wide variety of future careers and interests. We’re working to make sure every student has a chance to learn those skills during their K-12 education – to prepare for the emerging demands of the 21st century, not just to major in computer science or secure a job as a software engineer.

In Georgia, students have access to nine computer science courses that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements in the areas of math, science, and foreign language – expanding opportunities for students, and expanding the avenues for graduation.

Georgia also participated in the development of the K-12 Computer Science Framework, an overarching set of ideas developed by industry, national organizations, and state contributors about what aspects of computer science should be taught to every student throughout K-12 education.

Computer science is more than just coding. It’s involved in many facets of our society – from social media to self-driving cars. It’s used by paralegals, fashion designers, mechanics, and professional athletic trainers. Just as our students must be fluent in English and basic math concepts to function in society, they also need a foundation and basic understanding of computational thinking and computer science concepts.

On these pages, you’ll learn more about our work to promote computer science throughout Georgia’s K-12 education system.​ 

Legislation:

·  18 approved and funded computing courses in Georgia; 9 count towards graduation credit for the 4th Math credit or the 4th Science credit; same 9 count as a science for admission to the University System of Georgia

·  A sequence of computer science courses may fill the Foreign Language credit for admission into the University System of Georgia

·  Georgia instrumental in developing comprehensive K12 CS framework in conjunction with leading industry and private organizations (ACM, CSTA, Code.org, CIC, and NMSI)

·  State standards for elementary, middle and high schools currently under development


Georgia Computer Science Statistics:

·         20,104 open computing jobs vs 1,496 Computer Science grads

·         71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing

·         Computer Science majors earn 40% more than average college grads

·         Average salary for computing occupation in Georgia: $85,678

·         16% of schools teach Advanced Placement Computer Science

·         1,658 students took the Advanced Placement Computer Science test in 2015; 19% were female

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