Computer Science Incentives

Computer Science Achievement
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Rogers students and schools are reaping one of the top rewards — $14,150 — for high achievement in computer science. To promote and expand computer science education, the state of Arkansas is providing as much as $1,000 for students earning a top score on the AP Computer Science exam and $250 for the student’s school.

Started two years ago, the incentive program aims to increase the number of qualifying scores on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exams. AP courses are rigorous college-level classes, and students who receive a qualifying score of 3, 4, or 5 on their exams receive college credit at many universities.

The rewards are tiered for each qualifying score:

  • 5: $1,000 for the student/ $250 for the school
  • 4: $750 for the student / $250 for the school
  • 3: $250 for the student / $50 for the school

Rogers placed among the top four districts in the state benefiting from the program along with Haas Hall, Fort Smith and Little Rock. Other neighboring districts also received rewards including Fayetteville – $9,100, Bentonville – $8,500, and Springdale – $4,200.

“I am extremely proud of the students and educators for their hard work that resulted in these awards for both students and schools,” Ark. Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key said a news release. “In order for students to graduate prepared for college, career, and community engagement, they must have strong computer science skills. The increase in the award amounts, as well as ongoing student enrollment in computer science classes, reflects the commitment both students, teachers, and schools are making to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Computer Science Initiative. Together we are leading the nation in computer science education!”