@microsoft Conversations on Education 10/29/2013

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  • 3.6% Black (13.1%), 8% Latino (Mex, other hisp, puertorican) – 17% vs. 29% Asian (5 %)Plus Amer. Indian you get 12% Underrep students of color. vs. 30% national54% White (78%)Most updated data: In 2013, there were about 30k (29,555) US students who took the AP CS exam last year out of a total of 2.2 mil (2,160,331) students.  This means that only 1.4 percent of students who took any AP exam took the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam in 2013.  Of the 1.4 mil (1,379,585) AP math and science exams taken in 2013, 2.14 percent were AP CS exams.  Because students can take more than one AP exam, we can't accurately claim 2 percent of students, just 2 percent of exams. According to the Center for Ed Reform and nces.ed.gov, there were 16.4 mil (16,375,000) high school students in 2010.  So if we didn't increase the total high school student population at all from 2010, only .18 percent of high school students would have taken the AP CS exam in 2013.... not even a quarter of one percent.AP 2013 US data: http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/research/2013/National_Summary_13.xlsEd stats: http://www.edreform.com/2012/04/k-12-facts/
  • I don’t want all computer science students to become computer scientists or even programmers!  I want them to become dancers, lawyers, writers, and doctors… and use what they learned in high school or college to bring innovation into their fields.  Peter Denning, an early voice on computational thinking, remarked that the natural sciences are increasingly becoming information sciences. And in this Information Age, the bit is it.  Let’s teach our kids to control the bit!
  • K-2 and 3-5: Online coding tutorials and unplugged lessons6-8: Interdisciplinary modules connecting CS/Math and CS/Science. Writing science modules with Achieve (NGSS), and also a crosswalk of NGSS performance expectations and CS standards.
  • Partnering with NSF CS program pillars: ECS and CSP. - The CS Ed community’s consensus on the future direction of quality CS experiences. Code.org combining the two into one core package rolled out nationwide. And to be clear, they are our partners in this mission, walking with us every step of the way towards national scale.Code.org does not mean to lay conquest to the nation CS scene. This is clear from our partnerships not just with ECS and CSP, but with local groups in almost every district we are partnering with, including many pre-existing and soon-to-launch NSF grants.Highlight work with MassCAN and how impressed I am with the alliance and the audience turnout, including who is in the audience.
  • Latest HoC stats.What they can do.


  • 1. @Microsoft Conversation on Education Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs #STEMinMA
  • 2. #STEMinMA Cathy Wissink Director of Technology Community Engagement, Microsoft New England
  • 3. #STEMinMA Henrietta Davis Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 4. #STEMinMA Allyson Knox Director of Education Policy & Programs, Microsoft
  • 5. Broadening Access to Computer Science Education Ideas for Securing U.S. Competitiveness & Economic Growth
  • 6. What Is Computer Science? Computer science education encompasses “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, hardware and software designs, applications, and impact on society.” Computer Science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.
  • 7. Computer Science – It’s Not Just About Working for IT Companies Manufacturing Healthcare Financial Services Retail Information Technology • designing simulations to improve products • exploring vast quantities of data produced by new DNA sequencing techniques, developing new remote monitoring systems for patients, or designing security & privacy for medical records • designing and overseeing automated trading services • analyzing data to predict trends and improve inventory management • designing security software and hardware systems or developing mobile communication devices, networks and applications
  • 8. Graduation Rates Not Keeping Up with Job Creation 122,300 51,474 Bachelor's Degrees Awarded inTotal Annual Forecast2013 Job Openings in Computing Requiring at Least a Bach Computer Science in for U.S. Source: Graduation numbers based on trends from IPEDS 2010-2011 Computer Science Degrees. Forecast job openings based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast of 1.22 million for 2010-2013.
  • 9. Computing Occupations by Industry Sector [CATEGORY NAME] [CATEGORY NAME] E.g., Business Intelligence Analysts, Search Marketing Strategists, Information Security Analysts, Computer Support Specialists, Web Developers, Web E.g., Biostatisticians, Clinical Data Managers, Video Game Designers, Software Developers, Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists 31% 34% [CATEGORY E.g., Computer & Information Research NAME] Scientists, [CATEGORY Industrial Designers, Test Engineers NAME] 12% [CATEGORY NAME] 9% E.g., Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Telecommunications Engineers, Software Developers 12% E.g., Economic Forecasters, Actuaries, Database Architects According to the College Board, studying AP Computer Science can open the pathway to 130 career areas and 48 college majors.
  • 10. Computer Science – A Numbers Crisis STEM JOBS: 2018 [CATEG ORY NAME] Comput ing Occupa tions… All Other STEM Jobs 48% Source: Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith, Michelle Melton. “STEM,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (October 20, 2011). AP TESTS: 2012 AP Comput er All Science Other Tests AP 2% Math & Science Tests 98% Source: “AP Program Participation and Performance Data 2012, National Summary,” The College Board (2013). Even though Computing Occupations will comprise over half of all STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018, only 2% of all math and science AP tests taken last year were AP Computer Science.
  • 11. AP Computer Science Classes Public Schools Private Schools Schools That Offer AP Computer Science Out of a total of 42,000 schools across the U.S., only 2,254 offer AP Computer Science classes.
  • 12. 14 States, Plus DC, Count CS Toward Core High School Math or Science Credit Where CS Counts DC Math -- Georgia -- Science Indiana Math -- Missouri Math -- New York Math Science North Carolina Math -- Oklahoma Math -- Oregon Math Science Rhode Island Math Science Texas Math -- Utah Math -- Vermont Math -- Virginia Math Science Washington Math Science
  • 13. #STEMinMA Linda Noonan Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • 14. At the current rate of change in student achievement, Massachusetts will not catch up with today’s top performers and will soon be overtaken by the fastest improving countries… 4.7 Latvia 4.4 Chile 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 Portugal Brazil Hong Kong Germany Liechenstein Poland Slovenia 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.1 Maryland Colombia Delaware Florida Lithuania Massachusetts 2.8 2.8 Singapore United Kingdom 2.3 2.3 2.2 Greece Switzerland Mexico Countries that currently outperform Massachusetts are still improving at a rate close to ours, meaning it will take many years for us to close the gap based on current trends. 2.0 2.0 Finland Israel 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 Italy New Zealand United States Iran Hyngary Korea Denmark 0.0 1.0 2.0 Countries now performing below Massachusetts have a faster rate of improvement and will overtake us based on current trends. 3.0 Annual test-score gains (percent of standard deviation) Source: Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School, Eric A Hanushek, Paul E Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann (2013) 4.0 5.0
  • 15. Achievement & Skills Gaps • By 2020, 50% of STEM field jobs in the U.S. will be in computing – 3 of top 5 fastest growing fields in Massachusetts • 23 of the state’s 378 public high schools taught a programming class in which 10 or more students took an AP exam in the subject • In 2012, only 713 Massachusetts students took the AP Computer Science exam, of which 43.6% scored below “qualified” • Just 139 of the test takers were female, 196 were low income, 48 were Hispanic, and 36 were African American. • Not only are we failing to prepare most students: we’re also facing significant gender, income, and ethnicity gaps in computer science education. Also Challenge for Computer Science
  • 16. Computer Science Opportunity Access and Exposure for all Students
  • 17. #STEMinMA Pat Yongpradit Director of Education, Code.org
  • 18. National CS Outlook AP Exams Gender AP Computer Science Race African American, Latino, Am. Indian Female All other Math and Science Sources: College Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics Male White, Asian
  • 19. What’s wrong with this picture? AP Exams Gender AP Computer Science Race African American, Latino, Am. Indian Female All other Math and Science Sources: College Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics Male White, Asian
  • 20. Code.org K-12 CS Program Elementary School: K-2, 3-5 Online/Unplugged Middle School: CS in Science, CS in Math Aligned to NGSS and Math Common Core
  • 21. Code.org K-12 CS Program High School: Exploring Computer Science AP Computer Science Principles* AP Computer Science A and options Blended PD: 4 phases, 15 months, 120+ hrs.
  • 22. Announcing the Hour of Code • Goal: 10 million students • Video lectures by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, others • Tutorials featuring Angry Birds & Plants vs. Zombies
  • 23. Unprecedented partners/donors Allen & Co Amazon Apple Dropbox Electronic Arts Expedia Facebook Google JP Morgan Chase Juniper Networks LinkedIn Microsoft Popcap Rovio Salesforce Zulily Yahoo! Zulily Zynga ACM Boys & Girls Clubs City Year College Board CSTA CRA DonorsChoose.org IEEE Computer Society Khan Academy MinecraftEDU NCWIT NCTM NMSI NSTA Scratch Teach For America Alfred Lin Ali & Hadi Partovi Bill Gates Case Foundation Dara Khosrowshahi Drew Houston Jack Dorsey Jeff Weiner Jeff Wilke Jerry Yang John and Anne Doerr Keith Rabois Mark Zuckerberg Max Levchin Michael Birch Nick Hanauer NYC Foundation for CS Omidyar Network Owen Van Natta Reid Hoffman Rich Barton Ron Conway Sameer Gandhi Sean Parker Steve Ballmer Susan Wojcicki
  • 24. #STEMinMA Steve Vinter Engineering Director, Google Co-Founder, MassCAN
  • 25. #STEMinMA Jim Stanton Executive Director, MassCAN Sr. Project Director, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 26. Policy Support for Teachers CS Pre-service Courses CS Voluntary Standards CS Curriculum Frameworks CS In-Service Licensure Endorsement CS for Math Recertification CS Counts for Mass HE Math Admissions CS Counts for Math Graduation Credit
  • 27. Program Support for Teachers Equity Exploring Computer Science Business Partnerships CS Principles Events and Celebrations Public Awareness CS Modules for Middle School CS Tools and Curriculum
  • 28. #STEMinMA Greg Bialecki Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Massachusetts
  • 29. Allyson Knox Director of Education Policy & Programs, Microsoft Linda Noonan Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Jim Stanton Executive Director, MassCAN Sr. Project Director, Education Development Center, Inc. Steve Vinter Engineering Director, Google Co-Founder, MassCAN Pat Yongpradit Director of Education, Code.org #STEMinMA
  • 30. #STEMinMA Questions
  • 31. #STEMinMA Annmarie Levins Associate General Counsel, Microsoft
  • 32. #STEMinMA Heather Johnson Carey Sr. Vice President & Executive Director, MassTLC Education Foundation
  • 33. #STEMinMA Thank you!