K12 Computer Science Policy and Implementation in States

Code.org’s Nine Policy Elements    |    State-by-state data on the 9 policies    |  2019 State Legislation

We are seeing a groundswell of interest and effort from students, parents, teachers, districts, and states to bring computer science into our K12 system. Tens of millions of students are participating in the Hour of Code. Tens of thousands of teachers are going through professional development to bring computer science (CS) into their schools. Hundreds of school districts have embraced computer science in their curriculum. New York City and Chicago Public Schoolstwo of the largest districts in the countryhave announced that computer science will be in all schools, and in Chicago, it is a required graduation credit. And in the past five years, virtually every state has responded to this growing interest by passing policies to boost computer science.

We’ve suggested nine policies states can adopt to make computer science foundational for all students (see: https://code.org/files/Making_CS_Fundamental.pdf). Below is a list of states working toward these broad policy and/or implementation plans toward scaling K12 computer science.

Help us grow and maintain this document. This document represents states where Code.org is tracking policy change, as well as statewide implementation efforts in those states. There are likely states that we are not aware of that are working on new policies, and we’d love your help adding them to this list. (Note: For now, we’re only including action in states where there is a statewide policy effort underway.) Do you have a suggestion for an addition or edit to this document? Please submit it here.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico 

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah 

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

See a comparison chart of the 9 policies by state at www.bit.ly/9policies