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New Report Examines Racial Differences in Computer Science Education

googlereportA new report from Google takes a look at gender and racial gaps in computer science education.

Among the findings in the report are:

  • Only 47 percent of Black students nationwide attend schools that have courses in computer science, compared to 58 percent of White students.
  • Some 68 percent of White students report that they used a computer at home most days of the week, compared to 58 percent of Black students.
  • Black students are more interested than White students in learning computer science.
  • More than two thirds of Black students say they are confident they could learn computer science if given the opportunity. Only 56 percent of White students showed the same confidence in the ability to master computer science.

The report, Diversity Gaps in Computer Science: Exploring the Underrepresentation of Girls, Blacks, and Hispanics, 2016, can be downloaded by clicking here.

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