LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Pacoima lawmaker wants to help students get into California state colleges and universities by using some computer science classes to fulfill math requirements for college admissions.
Introduced by Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla, Senate Bill 1200 would call upon University of California and the California State University to develop guidelines for high school computer science courses”which satisfy the mathematics subject area requirements for the purposes of undergraduate admissions.
The courses would have to meet the same rigorous academic standards by building upon the fundamental mathematics content that are provided in approved math courses, according to Padilla’s office.
Under current guidelines, schools are required to submit a proposed course curriculum to the UC and CSU for consideration. SB 1200 would request that the UC and require CSU to develop the guidelines for advanced computer science courses.
Padilla told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO California is failing to prepare its students for a job market that will need to fill hundreds of thousands of computing-related jobs in the next five years.