The K-12 Computer Science Access Report: charting a path to our vision

Today, we’re excited to announce a joint initiative between the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Code.org to create a nationwide database of schools showing which teach computer science. Called the K-12 Computer Science Access Report, the database will be a resource that everyone in the CS community can use.

How many schools offer computer science in the US?

We’re regularly asked, “How many schools offer computer science in the US?” Having searched extensively, we found that there’s no comprehensive, detailed data on how widely K-12 schools teach CS.

In a 2016 study conducted by Google and Gallup, 40% of surveyed school principals reported that their schools offered CS, including programming. But only a representative sampling participated in the survey, and in answering the questions, many principals didn’t understand what constituted “computer science.” Given our goal is for every school to teach computer science, we want to be able to report more precisely which schools do or don’t offer this opportunity to their students.

The K-12 Access Report project aims to answer not only how many but also which schools offer CS. This comprehensive report will include all schools in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database and will be compiled based on a definition of teaching CS developed in accordance with the K-12 Computer Science Framework.

Charting a path to our vision

At Code.org we’ve always aimed for the stars, not for small, incremental goals. It’s counterintuitive, but bigger dreams are sometimes more attainable because they inspire and move people to action. Code.org was founded on a big dream and a clear vision — one where every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science. Indeed, in the five years since, almost a million teachers have been inspired to join the movement, and momentum has reached a fever pitch.

We’re aiming high again — our goal is to gather data for 100% of US schools by the end of 2018. The K-12 CS Access Report will guide us and help the CS community collectively to make our shared vision a reality. Please consider helping us in one of the following ways:

  1. Look up your school, or your kids’ school, on our map and fill out our survey.
  2. Promote the survey on Facebook or Twitter.
  3. Include a link to the survey in your organization’s newsletter.

As always, thanks for your steadfast support and all you do to give every student the chance to dream big.

Hadi Partovi — Founder, Code.org

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