Calif. Study: High-Minority High Schools Offer Little Computer Science.
Byon the Education Week blog “Curriculum Matters,” May 8, 2015.
Computer science courses are often inaccessible for black, Hispanic, Native American, and low-income high school students in California, according to a new study.
The report, released yesterday by the nonprofit Level Playing Field Institute, confirms other recent research on computer science and underrepresented students. For instance, last year not a single black student took the Advanced Placement computer science exam in 12 states, and no Hispanic students took it in six states.
The authors of Path Not Found: Disparities in Computer Science Course Access in California High Schools point out that California public school students’ enrollment in computer science courses is lackluster overall. Sixty-five percent of public high schools in the state offer no computer science courses. Just 13 percent offer the AP computer science course.