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- CS doesn’t count as core course for high school students in 41 states, including Oregon.
- Most schools offer CS as a career and technical education (CTE) option, not as college prep.
- Only 14 states (not including Oregon) have adopted significant standards for CS education in secondary schools.
- AP CS is offered in fewer than 10% of US high schools. TechStart estimates that 10 or fewer high schools in Oregon offer AP CS.
- In 2010 only 14,517 HS students took the AP CS exam while 194,784 took AP calculus AB exam.
- CS had the worst gender balance of any of the AP tests; in 2010 only 19 percent of the CS test takers were women, while other tests were much closer to 50%.