Computing on the silicon prairie: The state of CS in Nebraska public schools

Brian Dorn, Derek Babb, Dawn M. Nizzi, Cory M. Epler

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

Access to high quality K-12 computer science education has garnered considerable public attention in the United States in the wake of Code.org's December 2013 Hour of Code. An increasing number of states are now counting CS coursework towards high school graduation requirements, and teacher certification for computing courses is being revisited across the country. In this work, we explore the current state of computer science education in Nebraska public schools using objective enrollment data from the 2013-2014 academic year. We find limited access to introductory programming courses, while basic computer/IT literacy coursework is commonplace. Lack of CS courses is particularly acute in small schools, which make up a majority of Nebraska's public schools. We also present data illustrating limited pursuit of IT teaching endorsement/certification in the state and highlight current issues for teacher training programs that lead to such certification in Nebraska.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
EditorsCarl Alphonce, Adrienne Decker, Kurt Eiselt, Jodi Tims
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages296-301
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329668
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 24 2015
Event46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015 - Kansas City, United States
Duration: Mar 4 2015Mar 7 2015

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Other

Other46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City
Period3/4/153/7/15

Keywords

  • K-12 computing
  • Teacher certification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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