Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has issued a new report, “Programming New York City Students for Success,” which outlines an expanded view of computer science education in New York City public schools.
“New York has a long way to go when it comes to providing students with adequate and equitable computer science learning options,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “If we are to prepare our students for an ever-changing economy, we have to do more to expose them to a robust computer science curriculum.”
The report offers multiple recommendations to expand and improve computer science education in New York City schools, such as increasing the overall number of class hours required for computer science learning in city schools; creating a standard computer science curriculum and working with educators and industry leaders to keep it up-to-date; and enacting a project-based requirement for computer science education as a requirement for high school graduation. These recommendations are designed to address the gender, race, and socio-economic gaps in access to computer science education.
The full report could be read here.
“Given our Borough and our City’s place as a leader in education, workforce development planning and tech hub development, we must ask the following question: ‘How do we educate our students today in computer science and technology so they can be best prepared for the jobs of tomorrow?” said Borough President Diaz. “It is my intention to answer that question in this report, and to spark a conversation on how this City and State can provide a path forward on the equitable creation and implementation of a rigorous computer science curriculum in every school.”