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.
Resource: Computing Education and Future Jobs: National, State, & Congressional District Data. Website map by National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) presents education and workforce data at the national, state, and congressional district level.
Data: Percentage job openings that could be filled by computing degrees; projected workforce indicators; education indicators.
Those seeking detailed and updated information should go directly to sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2. Has my state adopted national computer science standards into state standards?
Resource: Tracking States Computer Science Policy 2015, by
Data: Status of state legislative proposals related to making CS count, teacher cert. and PD, funding, etc.
Resource: Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age. This 2010 report by the Computer Science Teacher’s Association (CSTA) maps CS standard adoption nationally and state-by-state.
Data: Adoption rate of standards, by IT fluency categories and CSTA model curricula.

3. How many students take Advanced Placement Computer Science in my state?
Resource: Analysis of AP-CS data (2015, 2014, 2013) from the College Board by Barbara Ericson, including analysis on gender and racial disparity (2015, 2014, 2013).
Media coverage of the analysis (mostly from 2014).
Data: Schools offering AP-CS; number of students taking exam; pass rates; race and gender analysis.
4. Do teachers in my state need to be certified or licensed to teach CS?
Resource: Tracking States Computer Science Policy 2015, by
Data: Status of state legislative proposals related to making CS count, teacher cert. and PD, funding, etc.

Resource: Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher Certification in the U.S. (2013) Computer Science Teacher’s Association (CSTA) reports on an 18-month research project to determine the nature of Computer Science teacher certification in the U.S. and details the results for each state and the District of Columbia. This data is updated and accessible on the CSTA Website.
Data: State teacher certification/licensure agency; middle school and high school certification/licensure requirements; regulations; graduation requirements (Appendix A).  Technology-related computing certifications, by state (Appendix C).

5. Does computer science count for science or math credit for high school graduation or college admission in my state?
ResourceWhere Computer Science Counts by
Data: States where CS counts toward high school graduation

Resource: Updated CS Counts list, by and Computing in the Core
Data: Status of public policy proposals to make CS count

Resource: Tracking States Computer Science Policy 2015, by
Data: Status of state legislative proposals related to making CS count, teacher cert. and PD, funding, etc.
ResourceComputer 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.

ResourceMaking CS Count, ECEP’s web page tracking state-by-state.
Data: Whether CS counts as math or science for high school graduation and/or college admission, by state.
 6. What do high school computing teachers and administrators report about the status of computing education in my state?
Resource: National Secondary Computer Science Survey Results by Computer Science Teachers Association, biennial results by state of survey administered to high school computing teachers and 2014 administrators survey
Data: Curricula (intro, AP-CS, and programming languages taught); challenges to teaching CS; student and teacher demographics
7. 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

8. What can I do in my state to help?
Resource: “How to change a state,” highlights and slides of ECEP’s Mark Guzdial’s workshop at the NCWIT Summit in May 2014.
Data: Four steps to start making change in your state.
Resource: Select your state from’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”
9. Where else can I find more state-level detailed data on CS education, policy, and workforce issues?
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

STEM State “Connector” Profiles – state organizations engaged in solving challenges of STEM education, of which CS is a part
Updated 8/19/2016