Code.org are Building a (Crowdsourced) Database of All K-12 Schools That Teach Computer Science | #MakerEducation #makered #cs #computerscience #maps @codeorg
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.
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