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Abstract

"To understand perceptions of computer science and associated opportunities, participation, and barriers, we worked with Gallup, Inc. to survey over 1,600 students, 1,600 parents, 1,000 teachers, 9,600 principals, and 1,800 superintendents. We found:
  • Exposure to computer technology is vital to building student confidence for computer science learning.
  • Opportunities to learn computer science at schools is limited for most students. When available, courses are not comprehensive.
  • Demand for CS in schools is high amongst students and parents, but school and district administrators underestimate this interest.
  • Barriers to offering computer science in schools include testing requirements for other subjects and limited availability and budget for qualified teachers."

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