The Code.org Advocacy Coalition is a non-partisan group that believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, and that we must increase participation and access for girls and underrepresented students of color.
Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education.
Only 33 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.
There are currently 512,340 open computing jobs nationwide.
Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
Despite demand for computer science professionals, the country’s K-12 education system continues to marginalize computer science education. While decisions about what is taught in elementary, middle and high schools are vested in state and local authority, policy at all levels of government must support putting students on a path to fill high-demand, high-skilled, high-paying computing jobs across all sectors of our economy.
The Code.org Advocacy Coalition supports the implementation of the following policies to make computer science a fundamental part of the K-12 education system:
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