Couragion Webinar

Couragion Co-Founder and CEO Melissa Ristef and CSTA Executive Director Jake Baskin shared eight ways educators can boost motivation and retention in CS/CT pathways, particularly for individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in computing. Access the recording to watch their presentation, hear great questions from attendees and get links to additional resources.  

Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher Certification in the U.S.

It has been said that we teach our young people what we value, but the importance of CS in our daily lives hasn't translated to a respectable presence in classrooms. Nor is it represented in the confused, disparate and sometimes absurd teacher certification processes that those who want to teach CS find themselves navigating. CS teacher certification across the nation is typified by confounding processes and illogical procedures—bugs in the system that keep it from functioning as intended. Bugs in the System reports on an 18-month research project to determine the nature of CS teacher certification in the U.S. and details the results for each state and the District of Columbia. As these state "report cards" clearly show, each state has its own process, its own definition of CS, and its own ideas about where it fits in a young person's educational program (if at all). Download Bugs in the System.

Sowing the Seeds: A Landscape Study on Assessment in Secondary Computer Science Education

This study summarizes what is known about the assessment of student learning in high school CS in the U.S., reports on the results of the landscape study, and concludes with recommendations for advancing the state of assessment in K–12 CS. With support from Google, the CSTA Assessment Task Force conducted a study of secondary school educators to determine the state of computer science education assessment and how teachers assess student learning in their computer science classrooms. Based on interviews with computer science practitioners, we found that teachers use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques, but also face a number of challenges finding valid and reliable assessments to use in their classrooms. Download the report.