Governor Asa Hutchinson announced yesterday a dramatic increase in the number of high school students enrolled in computer science classes in Arkansas. The newest numbers from the Arkansas Department of Education show an increase of 1,527 students, bringing the total enrollment number to 5,500 students for 2016-2017 school year with 1,027 students taking more than one course. That’s an increase of 38.4% over the 2015-16 school year (3,973 students enrolled) and an increase of 398% over the 2014-15 school year.
In a news release, Governor Hutchinson said “This is welcome news and further proof that Arkansas continues to lead the country in computer science education. I am pleased with the enthusiasm our school districts – especially our teachers – have demonstrated in this endeavor.”