Computer Science in California’s Schools: 2016 AP CS Results and Implications

The Kapor Center for Social Impact and the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) released a policy brief detailing disparities in Advanced Placement Computer Science A test taking in California and the nation. Key findings of the policy brief include: Only 0.5% of the 1.9 million public HS students in CA took AP Computer Science in …

Path Not Found: Disparities in Computer Science Course Access in California High Schools

Given the rising demand for skilled computer science professionals in California, it is vital that the state’s public schools provide all students with a solid foundation in computer science coursework. However, California’s school system is failing to prepare its students—particularly low-income students and students of color—for the technology jobs of the future. Path Not Found: Disparities in Access to Computer …

Level Playing Field Institute: Improving STEM Outcomes for Students of Color in California

This study, which was presented at the 1st Annual California Department of Education STEM Symposium in Sacramento, CA (November 18-19, 2013), described the disparities facing students of color in K-12 STEM education, examined the impact of two out-of-school STEM intervention programs for students of color, SMASH Academy and SMASH: Prep, and discussed implications for broadening participation in STEM in California. …

Dissecting the Data 2012: Examining STEM Opportunities and Outcomes for Underrepresented Students in California

The Dissecting the Data 2012 report reveals that pervasive opportunity and achievement gaps across all levels of schooling negatively impact the chances for underrepresented students of color to achieve success in STEM education and to pursue higher education degrees and careers in STEM fields. Dissecting the Data 2012: Examining STEM Opportunities and Outcomes for Underrepresented Students in California reveals that …