A new report out from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) recommends actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science (CS) and explore and choose careers in computing fields.
SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with southern states to improve public education at every level, from preschool through doctoral programs. However, the guidance in the report applies to every state.
"Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap: Five Actions States Can Take," published by the board's Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology, offers five broad steps states can take to encourage all young people — not just those interested in STEM — to learn CS and computational thinking skills. The five steps are: