The CS for CA Coalition, lead by the Kapor Center, released its CS for CA report this summer. The report provides an overview of the landscape of K-12 computer science education in California, including where courses are offered, which students enroll, and where there are disparities by race, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. Key findings include:
- Less than half (39%) of the high schools in California offer any computer science courses, and just 14% offer Advanced Placement CS A
- Low-income schools are 4x less likely to offer AP CS A than high-income schools and high-URM schools are 3x less likely to offer AP CS A than low-URM schools
- Just 3% of the 1.9 million high school students in California took a CS course in 2017.
- Black, Latinx, and Native American/Alaskan Native students comprise 60% of California’s high school population but just 16% of AP CS A test-takers (n=1,907).
- Just 1% of AP CS test-takers in California are Black (n=479 students).
- Just 36 Black girls and 453 Latinx girls took AP CS A.