Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science A & Computer Science Principles
Stuart has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded young women’s access to AP computer science courses.
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 achieved this important result during the 2018-2019 school year—nearly 20% more than the 685 schools recognized last year. In 2019, Stuart was one of only 36 to be recognized for closing the gender gap in both AP computer science courses.
“Stuart is empowering young women to see themselves as creators, innovators, and problem-solvers,” said Stefanie Sanford, College Board global policy chief. “We hope to see even more high schools inspire female students to harness the potential of an AP computer science education.”
The introduction of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016 was the largest course launch in AP Program history. In 2019, nearly 100,000 students took the AP CSP exam, more than doubling participation in three years. After completing AP CSP, many female students choose to go on and take AP CSA. In five years, the number of female AP CSA exam-takers has increased by nearly 60%.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in high-paying technology jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and competition. A 2014 Google study found that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
NCWIT Educator Award - Alicia Testa
At the same time that this accolade was announced for our computer science program, Stuart's Director of STEM and SIFE Alicia Testa earned the Educator Award for New Jersey from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)'s Aspiration in Computing program. The Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award recognizes educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging young womxn’s computing interest. Learn more about the award here: https://www.aspirations.org/users/alicia-9774
We'd like to honor Ms. Testa for her efforts in continuing to expand our programming and offering our students the opportunity to explore computer science, programming, and making.