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School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers

By Education Week

March 29, 2023

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New York's Mineola school district has boosted the numbers of students taking computer science (CS) by infusing the subject into curricula as early as pre-kindergarten.

The district also requires all ninth graders to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course; a College Board spokeswoman said no other U.S. district has such a requirement to the organization's knowledge.

Nonprofit Code.org estimates at least 30% of middle schools offer CS courses, yet just a small percentage of students—particularly girls—take them.

Mineola school district superintendent Michael Nagler and colleagues have incorporated design-thinking and coding into all courses and arranged with vendors to help teachers and students access CS specialists.

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