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Reports on computer science education

K-12 computer science education state reports 2017

A look at how students, parents, teachers and administrators perceive and experience computer science education in 43 US states.

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K-12 computer science education state reports 2017

To inform the public on progress made toward ensuring broad participation in K-12 CS education, this report provides results from 2014-15 and 2015-16 Google-Gallup surveys. Topics include perceptions, opportunities, support and infrastructure. It also offers recommendations to broaden access to CS learning for 43 states.

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K-12 computer science education state reports 2016

How perceptions, opportunities, participation and infrastructure influence computer science education in 11 US states.

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K-12 computer science education state reports 2016

Broadening equitable student access to computer science (CS) is critical to our future, not only because of the increasing demand created by computing-related jobs but also because it develops critical thinking to solve complex problems, creativity to foster new ideas, and skills to drive innovation. To inform progress in ensuring Computer Science for All, this report provides a status of CS education and recommendations for 11 states in 2016.

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Strategies for increasing access and improving participation

A longitudinal analysis of community college pathways to computer science bachelor’s degrees

Community colleges play a significant role in guiding a more diverse pool of talent into computer science careers. Find out what more they can do to smooth the path. Read report.


Student perspectives of community college pathways to computer science bachelor’s degrees

Students need more flexibility and clarity as they navigate from community college to careers in computer science. Read report.


Pre-college computer science education: a survey of the field

An examination of how children engage with computer science education and improvements that could lead to more equitable opportunities in schools. Read report.


Women who choose computer science: what really matters

Encouragement and exposure play critical roles in leading women to pursue degrees in computer science. Read report.

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Current challenges and barriers to participation

Searching for computer science: access and barriers in US K-12 education

Students, parents, teachers and administrators recognise the importance of computer science education, but it’s still not a priority in many schools. Our reports examine what this means for rural, Black, female and Hispanic students in the US.

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Searching for computer science: access and barriers in US K-12 education

Rapid advancements in technology and the growing number of professions that rely on computer science make it crucial for all students to have opportunities to become computer literate and to gain foundational computer science skills, such as computational thinking and programming/coding.

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Closing the Gap: Black students
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Closing the Gap: Girls
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Closing the Gap: Hispanic students
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Closing the Gap: Rural and small-town school districts
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Diversity gaps in computer science education: exploring the underrepresentation of girls, Black students and Hispanic students

Understanding the structural and social barriers that discourage students from pursuing computer science education can help parents, teachers and administrators find ways to bring more students to the field. Read report.


Encouraging students toward computer science learning

Beyond access, interest and confidence make a difference in which students learn computer science skills and which don’t. Read report.


Images of computer science: perceptions among students, parents and educators in the US.

Entrenched stereotypes and few visible role models could be contributing to the lack of racial and gender diversity in computer science education and careers. Read report.


Cracking the code: the prevalence and nature of computer science depictions in media

How computer science shows up in popular media can influence student perceptions about who computer science professionals are and what they do. Read report.


Trends in the state of computer science in US K-12 schools

A look at how perceptions of computer science and learning opportunities are evolving among K-12 students, teachers and administrators. Read report.

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Strategies to improve student engagement and build skills for the future

Driving the skills agenda: preparing students for the future

How 21st century skills such as digital literacy, teamwork and critical thinking are – or are not – equipping students for what’s next in the world of work. Read report.


Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools

To prepare students for 21st century jobs, teachers need new strategies, technologies and tools in the classroom. Read report.


Closing the gaps: improving literacy and mathematics by ICT enhanced collaboration

Information and communication technology (ICT) shows promise in enhancing the effectiveness of teaching models in reading and maths. Read report.


Teacher status in Finland: how respect and autonomy have shaped the profession

Teaching is one of the most sought-after, respected professions in Finland. Here’s a look at why and what it means for the educational system. Read report.


Unconscious bias in the classroom: evidence and opportunities

An examination of how unconscious bias impacts representation in computer science and STEM fields, and strategies for improvement. Read report.


Intelligence unleashed: an argument for AI in education.

A primer on artificial intelligence and its potential to enhance and improve student learning in real-world classrooms. Read report.

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See examples of how increasing access to quality computer science education expands learning opportunities for students.

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