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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, CodeWV is committed to:
In 2018, we will host workshops for West Virginia school counselors and administrators who want to participate in our Professional Learning Programs. We will also recruit and contract with Code.org accredited facilitators to lead our professional learning workshops.
- In 2018-2019, we will host several, one-day professional learning workshops during the school year for each Code.org course we offer. We will also organize informal, local meetups for participating educators to begin building a computer science community in West Virginia.
- In 2019-2020, we will host at least one, five-day summer experience and four, one-day follow-up workshops for each Code.org course we offer. 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.