Obama Marks Progress with Computer Science, College Scorecard

Both of these initiatives have advanced significantly over the last few years and have been adopted by dozens of states.

by News Staff / September 19, 2016 0
High schools are graduating more students with the help of blended learning. Dave Parker via Flickr C.C. 2.0

Two major initiatives continue to see new investments and developments in computer science and college data outcomes.

Computer science education remains a priority, with 24 states making policy changes in the last three years that help expand computer science education, according to Code.org. Already, 32 states allow computer science classes to count toward graduation requirements, according to the nonprofit organization. President Obama said this year that he wants every student to eventually have the opportunity to learn about computer science.

The White House this week hosted a summit that included announcements for more than $25 million in National Science Foundation grants for computer science education, a CSforAll Consortium made up of more than 180 organizations, and more than 200 organizations committing to support computer science education. 

In higher ed news, the U.S. Education Department's College Scorecard has new data that gives families more information to make informed college choices. The scorecard now includes more than 1,700 data points over 19 years on measures such as graduation rates, debt, repayment and after-college earnings that developers can use to build tools that will help college students.