Computing jobs are among the fastest-growing in the U.S. economy. These jobs pay more than double the average U.S. salary. And in the coming years, they will be key drivers of national economic growth and mobility.
Policymakers across the country have passed legislation to increase access to computer science (CS) education at the K-12 level, with 33 states passing such legislation in just five short years.
This report is the first-ever evaluation of whether policies that increase access to CS at the K-12 level actually change the gender makeup of American classrooms. Our report found that only 30 states track participation by gender in their computer science classrooms, and in those states, girls make up only 37% of students. Our policy agenda calls for a gender-specific approach to computer science policies. Tracking participation by girls and other underrepresented groups is the first step that states must take to ensure equity. What gets measured gets managed – creating effective public policies means we must be able to measure their success.