Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup

Computer Science

By Liana Loewus — August 25, 2015 1 min read

Principals and superintendents underestimate how much support there is among parents for teaching K-12 computer science in school, according to a Gallup survey, commissioned by tech-giant Google.

Just 7 percent of principals and 6 percent of superintendents said the “demand is high” among parents for computer science education. Yet 67 percent of parents said they thought students should be required to learn computer science in school.

The survey also shows that one-quarter of 7th to 12th graders reported having no access to a computer science class or club at school, and the lack of access is particularly acute for black and low-income students.

Gallup researchers interviewed a nationally representative sample of about 1,700 middle and high school students, 1,700 parents, and 1,000 teachers via telephone last year for their report. Another 9,700 K-12 principals and 1,900 district superintendents were surveyed online.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the August 26, 2015 edition of Education Week as Computer Science

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by Learning.com
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Ed-Tech Policy New York Banned Facial Recognition in Schools. Will Other States Follow?
New York schools are prohibited from using the widely criticized biometric identifying technology until at least July 2022.
3 min read
Girl looking into smartphone facial recognition
Getty
Ed-Tech Policy Dawn of an Education-Friendly FCC? Chairman Ajit Pai Moving On
The FCC chairman plans to step down from his role at the end of President Donald Trump's term on Jan. 20.
3 min read
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality.
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality. 
Associated Press
Ed-Tech Policy Many Students Still Lack Home Internet. Here's How Big the Problem Is.
Only 11 percent of school district leaders and principals said all their students have the home internet access they need to fully participate in virtual instruction.
3 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Districts: Here's How to Get Some Help With the E-Rate
Ed tech officials: Confused about the E-Rate? The State Educational Technology Directors Association is on the case.
1 min read