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
Why computer science?
Diversity in computer science
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.
- 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."
Arkansas has seen a major boost in computer science enrollment and diversity. Arkansas passed a law requiring (and funding) every high school to teach computer science. Months later, Arkansas saw a 260% increase in total CS enrollment, a 300% increase among female students, and a 600% increase among African American female students. This shows the massive impact of state policy on CS, and helps our advocacy efforts in other states.
- Low-income or underrepresented minority students are less likely than other demographic groups to attend a school that offers computer science.
- The Computational Thinking for a Computational World report from Digital Promise describes the role of computational thinking and provides recommendations for expanding it in K-12.
- 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.
Americans believe computer science is cool and one of the most important subjects of study in school.
Computing skills across all jobs
- Half of the highest paying jobs in America require you to know how to code, according to this report by Burning Glass.
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.
- A quarter of all jobs are now "highly digitalized" and they're the highest paying quartile of jobs (up from 5% of jobs in 2002), according to a Brookings report.
- Computer science skills are increasingly valued in marketing and design jobs.
Jobs in computing