Make Your Own Advocacy Materials
Do you need to create a slide deck or one-pager to advocate for computer science in your state or city? The blog posts and links below contain resources and statistics that you can use to make your own custom materials!
Code.org blog posts
- Seeing our impact: A record year for computer science (2013-2014)
- The Hour of Code reached 15 million users in 7 days (2014)
15,000 new computer science teachers (2015)
Progress made in computer science education (2016)
Other Code.org Resources
International K-12 computer science
We are interested in seeing what's happening in computer science education internationally. This crowd-sourced document tracks what we know about current policy and in-progress efforts.
- A new report by the SREB recommends 5 policy actions states can take to expand access to computer science education.
- A report by the Education Commission of the States provides details on computer science in high school graduation requirements.
- The K-12 Computer Science Framework provides a vision for computer science education for all students, including concepts and practices by grade band.
Landscape of K-12 Computer Science Education in the U.S.: A series of reports from Gallup, commissioned by Google, including "Images of Computer Science: Perceptions Among Students, Parents and Educators in the U.S." and "Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education."
- Low-income or underrepresented minority students are less likely than other demographic groups to attend a school that offers computer science.
Half of the highest paying jobs in America require you to know how to code. More information can be found in the report by Burning Glass.
- 91% of open software jobs are outside Silicon Valley.
- BSA released a report on the economic impact of software.
- On average, a computer science degree from ANY university earns a significantly higher financial return on investment than an arts & humanities degree from even the best schools.
Arkansas has seen a major boost in CS enrollment and diversity. This spring, Arkansas passed a law requiring (and funding) every high school to teach CS. Months later, Arkansas has seen a 260% increase in total CS enrollment, a 300% increase among females, and a 600% increase among African American females. This shows the massive impact of state policy on CS, and helps our advocacy efforts in other states.
Twice as many Americans use computing in their jobs than previously reported, and half of those are in non-STEM fields. Outside of STEM fields, 40% of those doing complex computing work are women.
- Change the Equation has a summary of untapped minority talent in computing.
Americans believe computer science is cool and one of the most important subjects of study in school.
- For each new high-tech job in a city, five jobs outside of tech are ultimately created.