Executive Summary

Computer science and the technologies it enables now lie at the heart of our economy, our daily lives, and scientific enterprise. As the digital age has transformed the world and workforce, U.S. K–12 education has fallen woefully behind in preparing students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for future success. To be a well-educated citizen as we move toward an ever-more computing-intensive world and to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century, students must have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.

The report finds that roughly two-thirds of the country have few computer science education standards for secondary school education, and most states treat high school computer science courses as simply an elective and not part of a student’s core education. Executive Summary Full Report

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  • Authors

  • Cameron Wilson, ACM
  • Leigh Ann Sudol, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chris Stephenson, The Computer Science Teachers Association, Member of ACM’s Education Policy Committee
  • Mark Stehlik, Carnegie Mellon University, Member of ACM’s Education Policy Committee