New ACM Report on the Need for CS in K-12

March 5, 2014 at 11:55 am 2 comments

ACM has just released a report arguing for the need for computer science in K-12 schools.  They are very strongly making the jobs argument.  The appendix to the report details state-by-state what jobs are available in computing, the salaries being paid for those jobs, and how many computing graduates (including how many AP CS exams vs other AP exams were taken in 2013) in that state.

The report Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States calls on education and business leaders and public policy officials in every state to take immediate action aimed at filling the pipeline of qualified students pursuing computing and related degrees, and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. The report provides recommendations to help these leaders join together to create a comprehensive plan that addresses K-12 computer science education and that aligns state policy, programs, and resources to implement these efforts.

via ACM Report – Rebooting the Pathway to Success.

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  • 1. Raymond Lister  |  March 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I am Australian, but pay the same ACM membership fee as an American member. So why does the ACM produce documents intended to provide the US economy with a competitive advantage over my country’s economy? The “A” in “ACM” does not stand for “America”.

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  March 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

      A reasonable criticism, Raymond! I don’t really know what the story is behind the Pathways report. I didn’t know that it was even being developed until I saw the press release yesterday. It was produced by the ACM Education Policy Committee — not the Ed Board nor the Ed Council. I don’t know who to ask that question of — maybe John White, the CEO of ACM?


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