Google Report Reveals State of K-12 Computer Science Education

Computer scientists still are in high demand in the U.S., people of color still are disproportionately underrepresented in the field and whether and how computer science (CS) is taught varies wildly, according to a new report on the state of Kindergarten-through-high school CS education.

Authored by Paulo Blikstein, assistant professor of education and (by courtesy) computer science at Stanford, the report — Pre-College Computer Science Education: A Survey of the Field — was commissioned by Google to shine a light on where CS education stands today and where it needs to go.

“CS education has the potential to deepen educational inequalities if it is only properly implemented in affluent schools, leaving public schools with badly-designed or poorly-funded programs,” Blikstein said. “Equity should be at the core of all of our efforts in CS education.”

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