New AP Computer Science Principles Course Prominent in Computer Science Education Week
New AP Computer Science Principles Course Prominent in Computer Science Education WeekCollege Board Communications
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) kicked off Computer Science Education Week with an event in Washington, D.C. celebrating new commitments and partnerships between the Federal government, school districts, non-profits, foundations, private industry, and others that will expand access to and student learning in computer science and coding.
The College Board’s new AP Computer Science Principles course played a prominent role in this announcement. The new multidisciplinary computer science course was designed with support from NSF to help recruit more students, including females and underrepresented minorities, into computing. The new course will be taught in secondary schools starting in the 2016-17 academic year with the first exam administered in May 2017, and will draw more students into the discipline by focusing on foundational computing skills and the creative aspects of computing. The inherently multidisciplinary course teaches students to analyze problems, create computer programs, and collaborate to find solutions to real-world issues. Learn more about AP Computer Science Principles on Advances in AP.
Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week) was inaugurated by Congress in 2009 to honor the life and achievements of Grace Hopper - computer pioneer, Navy rear admiral and inventor of one of the first computer programming languages. The celebration encourages individuals of all ages to learn more about computer science and its important role in our increasingly digital and computational world.