The rapid growth of CS education in K-12 schools requires a matched set of growth in research to identify evidence-driven practices for effectively delivering computer science education to all students.

Over the next 10 years, CS education has the potential to reach over 55 million curious K-12 learners in the U.S. alone. While the number of learners engaging with CS continues to increase, the identification of promising practices to support and teach learners is growing at a much slower pace. CSEdResearch.org conducts and supports research to define those evidence-based practices that support CS K-12 education for all learners.

We design, conduct, promote, support, and disseminate research that K-12 educators find relevant and actionable. These transformed research practices can then be used to identify and promote high-impact, culturally relevant practices and promote these relevant and promising practices among K-12 educators.

We provide statewide and district level landscape reports. Landscape reports are tailored to specific state needs and can include recommendations for continued growth. Reports can answer stakeholders’ and policymakers’ questions across the CAPE framework (Fletcher & Warner, 2020), such as:

  • What is the capacity to provide high-quality computer science equitably to all students?
  • How are culturally responsive techniques implemented in CS courses?
  • Which students have access to CS courses? Are these offerings equitable?
  • Which students participate in CS courses? Do these enrollments reflect the population of the school where they are offered?
  • What are students’ completion rates of CS courses/learning experiences? What are the students’ overall experiences in their CS courses?

Other research and evaluation services we provide:

  • High-quality quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods equity-focused research studies, including longitudinal
  • State and District Level Landscape Reports
  • Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in CS Professional Development
  • Literature based landscape reports, including synthesis and meta-analysis
  • Project evaluations (small-scale to large-scale projects)
  • Survey instrumentation development, analysis, and distribution

We also provide services related to building the capacity of K-12 CS education researchers to conduct high-quality, equity-focused research.