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Support K-12 Computer Science Education in West Virginia
Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computer occupations are the number one source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making computer science one of the most in-demand college degrees. Computing is used in virtually every professional field. But computer science is marginalized throughout the education system. Fewer than half of U.S. schools offer any computer science courses and only eight percent of STEM graduates study it.
As we prepare our students for the evolving demands of today's workforce, computer science education is critical to better prepare our students for future success. We must improve access for all students, especially groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.
Computer Science in West VirginiaThe WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education is committed to expanding computer science education across West Virginia and to recognize that computer science is fundamental for children's future success. West Virginia is only one of ten states to have K-12 computer science standards and one of 34 states, plus Washington, D.C., to count computer science towards high school graduation math or science requirements.
- West Virginia currently has 1,247 open computing jobs (4.0 times the average demand rate in West Virginia).
- The average salary for a computing occupation in WV is $71,150, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($40,250). The existing open jobs alone represent a $88,724,050 opportunity in terms of annual salaries.
- West Virginia had only 158 computer science graduates in 2015; only 11% were female.
- Only 246 high school students in West Virginia took the AP® Computer Science exam in 2017; only 36% were female; only 7 students were Hispanic or Latino; only 2 students were Black; only 1 student was Native American or Alaska Native; no students were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
- Only 15 schools in WV (12% of WV schools with AP® programs) offered the AP® Computer Science course in 2016-2017. There are fewer AP® exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.
- Universities in West Virginia did not graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach computer science in 2016.
Code.org's Impact in West Virginia
There are 1,167 teacher accounts and 59,401 student accounts on Code.org in West Virginia. CodeWV, through the Code.org Regional Partnership, will work with Code.org to expand its mission that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.
The data above is taken from the Code.org West Virginia Fact Sheet. The provided link will open a PDF document, if you are unable to access this document, please email email@example.com and another version of the document will be provided to you.
CodeWV's Impact Plan
As a Code.org Regional Partner:
- In 2018, recruited
Code.org accredited facilitators to lead our professional learning workshops and gave presentations for West Virginia school counselors and administrators who want to participate in our Professional
In 2018-2019, we hosted (4) one-day professional learning workshops
during the school year for teachers who had attended the summer
professional learning for the Code.org CS Discoveries and CS Principles
courses. We held professional learning events for over
300 elementary teachers, to support them in offering CS Fundamentals as
part of their classes. We organized informal, local meetups for
participating educators to begin building a computer science community
in West Virginia.
In 2019-2020, we will host (2) five-day summer experiences and (4) one-day follow-up workshops for both CS Principles and CS Discoveries
and will continue to serve every elementary teacher in West Virginia who
will offer CS Fundamentals as part of his or
her class. In addition to the informal, local meetups, we will also host
a spring "CS Fair" for West Virginia Schools to continue to grow the CS
community in West Virginia.
- In 2020 and beyond, we will continue to run Code.org professional learning workshops and advance computer science education across the Mountain State.