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Data Reveals New Jersey Students among the Most likely to Drive the Country’s Tech Future


photos courtesy of Super Science Saturday

  • South Carolina is the most progressive state.
  • Louisiana ranked the least progressive.
  • Infographic showing CodeWizardsHQ’s I.T. Inclusion Index by state .

Ridgewood NJ, CodeWizardsHQ, a provider of coding classes for kids and teens, has carried out a comprehensive study and identified the most and least progressive states when it comes to access and enrollment to computer science courses. Given the significance of computer science in the modern world, not having access to courses such as coding can put children at a significant disadvantage to their peers when it comes to opportunities when they are older. The study revealed that there are significant disparities based on the location and profiles of students.

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The company analyzed data from Advocacy Coalition to determine a ranking from 1 to 50 (with 1 being the highest ranking) of each state’s I.T. progressiveness. The data revealed that New Jersey has a rural access rate of 71% and a minority access rate of 84%, with 68% of high schools offering computer science. This places New Jersey in 15th position overall in America.

Ranking factors included: rural accessibility, race accessibility, minority student accessibility, female enrollment, economically disadvantaged student enrollment, and the number of high schools offering computer sciences to students. Overall, the United States has a national rural access rate of 49% for computer science studies and a minority student access rate of 72%. When it comes to race accessibility, the following national breakdown was determined:

Black/African American access: 73%

Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx access: 76%

Native American/Alaskan access: 59%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander access: 82%

Asian access: 89%

Across the country, a total of 58% of high schools offer computer science as a subject, with a female enrollment rate of 31%. Additionally, there is a 52% rate of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in computer science overall.

Topping the rankings as #1 most progressive state for computer science study opportunities is South Carolina. The Palmetto State stood out on a number of factors. These include a high rural access rate of 92%, and a minority student access rate of 98%.

Most progressive states in computer science studies inclusivity ranking:

1.     South Carolina

2.     Arkansas

3.     Maryland

4.     Nevada

5.     Alabama


Least progressive states in computer science studies inclusivity ranking:

46.  Montana

47.  Minnesota

48.  Kansas

49.  Idaho

50.  Louisiana

Infographic showing CodeWizardsHQ’s I.T. Inclusion Index by state

It is widely acknowledged that learning computer science should be a fundamental part of a child’s education, as it is increasingly valued in the workforce. Coding, for example, teaches you skills such as critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. Not having a fundamental understanding of these core subjects risks leaving many young people behind, and so it is important all children have equal opportunities in this field” says Jey Iyempandi, CodeWizardsHQ Founder.


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