Computer science education is essential to the modern economy and workforce. Parents and educators strongly support an expansion of computer science education. According to a 2014 Google-Gallup study, more than 90 percent of parents support expanded computer science education. Many states, led by a bipartisan group of forward-thinking governors, have worked to overhaul their education systems and provide computer science instruction. Currently, 29 diverse states require the completion of computer science coursework for high school graduation. However, only 25 percent of high schools today offer computer science. Congress should support funding for computer science education so that leading states can expand their programs and serve as a model for other state and local school districts.
TechNet advocates for education policies that prepare American students to successfully participate in a global, interconnected, and technology-driven economy. In particular, TechNet supports:
- Including or expanding computer science offerings in high schools, and allowing qualified computer science courses to fulfill a core math or science high school graduation requirement.
- Robust and sustained efforts to train and recruit more high-quality STEM and computer science teachers through effective professional development and teacher training programs in higher education.
- Adoption of the Computer Science Teachers Association’s computer science standards for K-12 education by school districts.
- Policies that improve math and science instruction and math and science requirements.
- Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs that advance the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness and to succeed in high demand technical career pathways.
- Policies and programs that focus on engaging and providing opportunities for female and minority students in STEM and computer science.
- Policies that encourage the use of digital content and technology, including access to high speed wireless broadband in the classroom, to provide individualized learning experiences, improve educational outcomes, and teach valuable workforce skills.
- Working with legislators to ensure that student data is protected, while also providing parents, teachers, and students the ability to access innovative education tools.
- Policies and programs that increase Internet adoption at home and digital literacy so no student is subject to the “homework gap.”