According to code.org, computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. Only 33 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation. There are currently 493,613 open computing jobs nationwide. Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
In Missouri, there were 9,135 open computing jobs (3.1x the state average demand rate) and only 852 computer science graduates. There are no dedicated state funding for CS PD, we do not require all high schools to offer CS, and there is no K-12 CS curriculum standards for our state. Only 16% of schools offer AP Computer Science in Missouri.
WHY COMPUTER SCIENCE?
Computer science teaches students design, logical reasoning, and problem solving - all valuable well beyond the computer science classroom. The ability to create and adapt new technologies distinguishes computer science from computer literacy, which focuses more on using existing technologies (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets).