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Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

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A study by nonprofit Change The Equation found more than half of U.S. high school seniors attend schools that to not offer computer sciences courses.

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More than half of U.S. high school seniors attend schools that do not offer computer science courses, according to an analysis by Change the Equation (CTEq), a nonprofit organization that aims to mobilize businesses to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

The analysis found only 22% of 12th graders said they have ever taken a computer science course, and just 44% of seniors said they have access to any computer science classes. In addition, less than a quarter of seniors have access to Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses.

CTEq examined data from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The data indicated that low-income students are less likely to have access to computer science courses than higher-income students. The analysis also found African American and Native American students were much less likely than Asian and white students to attend high schools offering computer science.

Only 30% of seniors who live in rural areas said their high school offers any computer science classes, and only 15% said their school offers an AP computer science course.

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