State-level Data for CS Education Advocacy

Where is your state now? The resources linked below can help you quickly find state-level data about the status of computer science education in your state. These are good starting points for putting together a landscape report that answers common questions on CS education in your state.
 
1. What is the workforce need for computing in my state? Are we meeting the need?
 
Resource: Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States (2014) Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) report on computer science in secondary education. State-by-state snapshots begin on page 35.
Data: Total employment in computing; average annual salaries in computing; graduation requirement; Advanced Placement exams; post-secondary certificates and degrees awarded.
 
Those seeking detailed and updated information should go directly to sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.For Labor projections that can be done by state, please visit:
http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

2. Has my state adopted national computer science standards into state standards?
 
Resource:  Code.org state tracking on 9 big indicators
Data: Shows current best-known information (available to Code.org) about 9 key indicators around state policy, including standards, funding, certification and others. Areas are displayed in aggregate on the first tab with details available on each item in subsequent tabs.
 
Resource: Code.org Landscape of CS Actions in States
Data: Code.org has been collecting information on major policy movements in each of the states. This document provides a description of each of the policy areas (including state standards) and describes the most current available status and if any notable changes have recently occurred.
 
3. How many students take Advanced Placement Computer Science in my state?
 
Resource: Code.org AP Data Report
Data: An interactive set of data created using Tableau. Data can be viewed by race/ethnicity or gender and can be parsed by state.

Resource: AP data that can be downloaded by state.
Data: The College Board provides AP data by state each year (this includes all AP exams, including AP CS A and AP CSP). This link takes you to data for the 2017 archived year, but other years are also available. The data for the current year usually comes out in the mid-fall time period.
 
4. Do teachers in my state need to be certified or licensed to teach CS?
 
Resource:  Code.org state tracking on 9 big indicators
Data: Shows current best-known information (available to Code.org) about 9 key indicators around state policy, including standards, funding, certification and others. Areas are displayed in aggregate on the first tab with details available on each item in subsequent tabs.
 
5. Does computer science count for science or math credit for high school graduation or college admission in my state?
 
Resource:  Code.org state tracking on 9 big indicators
Data: Shows current best-known information (available to Code.org) about 9 key indicators around state policy, including standards, funding, certification and others. Areas are displayed in aggregate on the first tab with details available on each item in subsequent tabs.
 
Resource: Computer Science in High School Graduate Requirements, ECS Educational Trends Brief, April 2015.
Data: Summary of state policies for requiring, allowing, or awarding credit for computer science in high school.

Resource: Map based on CS in HS graduation requirements data, by District Administrator
Data: Map of data from ECS April 2015 report.

6. How do I find out more about STEM and Career-Technical Education in my state?

Resource: Advance CTE, nonprofit representing State Directors and state leaders responsible for CTE (formerly known as Nat’l Assoc. of State Directors of CTE Consortium- NASDCTEc.)
Data: Compare CTE in states
 
Resource: Association for Career & Technical Education
Data: State profiles

Resource: Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
Data: Perkins IV state profiles

Other Resources:
Council for State Science Supervisors
Association for State Supervisors of Mathematics

7. What can I do in my state to help?

Resource: Select your state from Code.org’s “Promote” section map for an overview of state facts. Scroll down for tools to advocate for CS education locally.
Data: Open computing jobs; CS graduates; schools that teach CS; state “fact sheets”
 
8. Where else can I find more state-level detailed data on CS education, policy, and workforce issues?

State of the States 2018 update – A 2017 report was written by MassCAN, EDC, Code.org, ECEP, the Education Commission of the States and SageFox Consulting Group contains detailed information about a variety of statistics and policy issues around CS education in all 50 states. This report was updated in 2018 by Code.org
 
National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Achieve: State Progress on Major College- and Career-Ready Education Policies
Education Commission of the States – tracks state policy trends
State Profiles – Standard Graduation Requirements
State Education Governance Models
Standard High School Graduation Requirements
Alignment of High School Graduation and College Admission Requirements
Vocational/Technical Diploma or Endorsement

9. How many computer science college graduates are there in my state?
 
Resource: IPEDS data center.
Data: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System is a system maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. It can be used to query information on graduates in a specific field based on CIP codes (CIP code 11 is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services). Information can be queried at the institution, state and national level (as well as other geographic distinctions). The most recent final-release data typically include the time period up to 2 years ago. Data can be parsed by gender as well as race/ethnicity.
 
10. What are the demographics of K-12 students in my region/state?
 
Resource: NCES Elementary/Secondary information System
Data: The National Center for Education Statistics hosts a “table generator” that can be used to query information about institutional and school characteristics of K-12 schools (this can be done on an individual school, state or national level). A large array of data are available, including fine-grained information about gender/race/ethnicity by grade level. Data are available for both public and private institutions, though the public school data are considerably more consistent and robust.
 
11. What other NSF projects are currently funded in my state?
 
There are two major ways to search for NSF awards:
 
One is through the NSF fastlane advanced search feature, which allows for one to search for awards using a variety of parameters [additional information and instructions forthcoming]. In addition, awards can be viewed by state, as in the subsequent resource.
 
Resource: NSF Award Summary
Data: A database that contains both aggregated information about the level of NSF funding at the state and national level as well as an option to look at the individual awards within a single state.
 
Another way is through the NSF fastlane advanced search feature, which allows for one to search for awards using a variety of parameters [link and instructions forthcoming].
 
12. Are there examples of state landscape reports that I can look at?
 
A number of state-level landscape reports have been developed, some of which are publicly available. The reports below provide examples of what has been done in some ECEP partners.
 
Massachusetts – Access to PK-12 Computer Science Courses in Massachusetts, 2016-17
California – Path Not Found
California – In Need of Repair
Indiana – State Landscape Report
South Carolina – State Landscape Report
 
13. What does K-12 computer science participation look like in my state?
 
Resource: Does your school teach computer science (from Code.org)
Data: A detailed map of the U.S. showing schools that are believed to offer CS as well as those areas where opportunities are limited or non-existent. 
 
Resource: Evaluator Working Group CS10k Report
Data: Report produced by ECEP’s Evaluator Working Group, which spent several years doing common data collection for the CS10k suite of projects. The group collected a standard set of background and demographics for teachers and students and also collected information about which schools have a trained CS10k teacher working there.

Updated 10/04/2018