West Virginia is among the top 10 states nationwide to offer foundational computer science (CS) courses to public school students. This according to the annual State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action through Advocacy report released today by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance. More public schools in the state are offering students greater access to this growing and important pathway, the report details.
According to the report, 76% of public high schools in West Virginia offered foundational computer science courses last year, a significant increase over the past three years when only 46% of schools provided these courses in the 2018 – 2019 school year.
Additionally, 87% of West Virginia students attended a high school with at least one CS course. The progress is attributed to adopting and following a five-year plan that includes active advocacy, policy updates, professional development offerings and statewide support for computer science education.