New Mexico’s rural school districts struggle in computer science

A recent report shows New Mexico has made progress in improving access to computer science education but may be struggling in some areas.

According to the 2021 State of Computer Science Education report, 44% of public high schools offered a foundational computer science course during the 2020-21 school year, compared to 32% in 2019-20 and 23% in 2018-19.

In Southeast New Mexico 17 out of the region’s 33 school districts do not offer foundational computer science classes, according to Code’s Computer Science Access Report.

Some of these districts include Jal Public Schools, Artesia Public Schools and Tularosa Municipal Schools.

In suburban areas 50% of students have access to computer science classes. That number drops to 46% in urban areas, 43% in rural areas and 38% in towns.