Computer Science Education Week: Comp Sci Education in Missouri

  • Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

According to the The Conference Board, there are more than 8,000 open computing jobs in Missouri, so it's imperative that we teach our kids about computer science. DESE's new Computer Science Performance Standards, which took effect this school year, aim to address the need for computer science education.

So what does computer science education look like in Missouri?

Last school year, 38 percent of Missouri high schools taught at least one computer science course, up from 32 percent during the 2017-2018 school year. Of the schools that offered AP courses, a quarter of them offered an AP computer science course.

AP offers two computer science courses, AP Computer Science A (CSA) and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). There were 1,034 students in Missouri who took an AP computer science exam, with 560 taking the CSA exam, and 474 taking the CSP exam. That's about 25 percent more than 2018. Of the students taking the CSA and CSP, 19 and 26 percent were female, respectively. Of all the students taking an AP computer science exam, 73 were underrepresented minorities.

As for collegiate computer science degrees, the states colleges and universities awarded 1,378 bachelor's degrees in 2017.

We have partnered with DESE to offer up-to-date and convenient computer science training free to any educator in the state. In addition to online courses and courses taught at our office in Columbia, we also will be offering regional classes. Take a look at our computer science training schedule to find a session near you!

Here are the raw stats for the AP computer science courses:

Missouri students taking the CSA

YearTotalTotal passed% Passed
201016612273.49
201117713877.97
201221217080.19
201317312974.57
201425519576.47
201533324172.37
201639927769.42
201746632569.74
201850935870.33
201956038769.11

Missouri students taking the CSP

YearTotalTotal passed% Passed
201716511167.27
201829420971.09
201947433570.68

The statistics in this post were taken from https://cs4all.home.blog/ and https://advocacy.code.org/2019_state_of_cs.pdf.