Computer Science is the new literacy and it is imperative that we develop a robust computer science program in every New Jersey school. According to Code.org, approximately 21,617 open computing jobs averaging $102,535 per year salary exists in NJ alone, with only 1,111 computer science graduates in 2015 (Source: Code.org). That equates to a potential income of $2,102,582,710 and $133,934,518 estimated state taxes. In addition, given that 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing it is essential that we prepare all of our students to meet the demand of this workforce.
In October 2014, New Jersey was one of the first states to include Computational Thinking and Programming standards into its revised Technology standards. New Jersey also allows for Advanced Placement Computer Science A to count as a Math credit towards graduation. It is now critical that New Jersey provide dedicated funds for Computer Science professional development, a pathways for Computer Science teacher certification/endorsement, to ensure that all high schools are required to offer Computer Science, and to update our standards to reflect the new K12 CS Framework and the Computer Science Teachers Association Standards.