theodp writes: Education Week reports that the College Board wants high schools to it mandatory for students to take computer science they graduate. The call came as the College Board touted the astonishing growth in its Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses, which was attributed to the success of its new AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) class, a “lite” alternative to the Java-based AP CS A course. “The College Board is willing to invest serious resources in making this viable — much more so than is in our economic interest to do so,” said College Board President David Coleman. “To governors, legislators, to others — if will help us this part of the life of schools, we will help fund it.”

Just two days before Coleman’s funds-for-compulsory-CS offer, Education Week cast a skeptical eye at the tech sector’s role in creating a tremendous surge of enthusiasm for K-12 CS education. Last spring, The College Board struck a partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with a goal of making AP CSP available in every U.S. school district. Also contributing to the success of the College Board’s high school AP CS programs over the years has been tech-bankrolled, as well as tech giants Microsoft and Google. The of a national computer programming language requirement for high school students was prominently floated in a Google-curated Q&A with President Obama (video) following the 2013 State of the Union address.

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