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Thinking of adding Computer Science to your School's Curriculum?

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 classrooms with resourceful teachers see higher standardized test results

Research conducted with 3rd--5th-grade students in Broward County found that students who did extra CS Fundamentals activities, in classrooms of teachers who reported high levels of resourcefulness, had significantly higher scores on the Achieve3000 reading comprehension exam. But that’s not all. They scored significantly higher on Florida State Math, Science, and English Language Arts Exams too!

This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of teachers who are teaching CS Fundamentals, and we hope more teachers join them. It's also one of the first studies showing an association between studying computer science and higher student achievement on standardized tests, which is important for advocates of computer science everywhere. Read more about the study here.

If you are a CS Fundamentals Facilitator or a Regional Partner, you should take special pride in these results, and please take advantage of this news to help convince more elementary schools to teach computer science.

Growing momentum for CS across the USA

The momentum for CS is spreading across the United States. Our next update will share the full details, but to preview just the past three weeks, the Advocacy Coalition helped states pass new bills, policies, or funding for CS in AlabamaFloridaIdahoIndianaNew York, and Wyoming.

At the federal level, new grant guidelines prioritize funding for computer science in schools, and Congress’ 2018 federal budget has dedicated $50M per year for STEM and computer science.

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