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Technology is the code of the economy and innovation; democracy the code of our public life. At a time when these big forces are colliding in unexpected ways and creating unprecedented challenges, students deserve the chance to master both disciplines.

By expanding access to AP Computer Science Principles and AP U.S. Government and Politics—and encouraging schools to link the courses through joint projects—the College Board is leading a new generation to grapple with democracy in the digital age.

Rhode Island was an early Two Codes adopter. Educators gathered by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and College Board explored areas of course overlap and identified key steps for creating a Two Codes framework, which is now available as a downloadable PDF toolkit.

Call for Partners

But Two Codes goes beyond Advanced Placement. We're already working alongside organizations like the National Constitution Center, Generation Citizen, CSforAll, and, among other partners, to give a broader population of students access to digital skills and a firm grounding in American democracy.

Our country needs students ready to shape the future, not just cope with it. That takes shared work, and the College Board is eager to work with others who share the Two Codes vision.

If you're an educator or partner who wants to learn more, contact [email protected].


The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

Thomas Friedman explains the value of Two Codes in a widely-shared New York Times column.

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Hacking Democracy: Two Codes for the Modern World

The College Board's Stefanie Sanford on the case for technology and American government as the operating system for the modern world.

Read the essay