2019 State of Computer Science Education Report Released

Friday, September 13, 2019

Code.org invited the ECEP Alliance and the CSTA to co-author the 2019 State of Computer Science Education Report, which focuses on state-level progress in broadening participation in computing. You can access the report here. ECEP state leadership teams are highlighted throughout.

As in past years, this report serves as a useful advocacy tool for state leaders looking for state and national data to make the case for K-16 computer science education. The report offers state highlights focused on each of the 9 big policy ideas, as well as individual state summaries. 

Here are a few highlights: 

  • In the last 12 months, 33 states have adopted a total of 57 policies to support computer science education.

  • Code.org has compiled data related to access to high school computer science across 39 states. Within those states, 45% of public high schools teach computer science. 

  • Schools in rural communities, schools with higher percentages of underrepresented minority students, and schools with higher percentages of students receiving free and reduced lunch are less likely to offer computer science. 

The equity gaps we are seeing persist in computer science education reinforce the continuing importance of ECEP’s mission and the work we do every day. We look forward to continuing to move the needle on broadening participation in computing!

Update: After releasing the report, it was brought to our attention that data on students with disabilities was not included in the report. Code.org, CSTA, and ECEP are working with Dr. Richard Ladner, Access Computing, to identify relevant data sets to be included in the 2020 report.