The graph says it all. I think it’s a teacher problem, a lot of others think it’s a curriculum problem. In the end, they are both problems, but the most important is always the quality of the teacher, the quantity of the teachers, and finally the effectiveness of the curriculum.
It’s not like in the early 80′s and late 90′s CS curriculum was amazing and then somehow declined. It all has to do with the perception of CS as a viable career choice, and having good CS teachers and role models in high schools.
Original source for graph: http://www.ncwit.org/csp/csprinciples.htm
The following states have a higher per capita taker of the AP CS exam in 2010, followed by percentage compared to WA state:
New Jersey (262%)
The following are all between 200% – 100% of WA state numbers:
Massachusetts, California, New York, Georgia, New Hampshire, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, DC, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, Arkansas.
The 2010-2011 school year just ended a few weeks ago. That means preparation for the 2011-2012 school year is just starting. The word for the 2011-2012 school year is “triple”.
We are going from 10 TEALS teachers to 33, 4 schools to 13. We are growing much faster than I originally anticipated, but that’s a good thing, it means more students in the Puget Sound area will get CS education in high school.
Speaking of which, we just got the AP CS scores back and our first TEALS AP CS class at Issaquah High School averaged 4.15, a full point over the 3.14 national average for last year.
To quote Buzz Lightyear, “To Infinity And Beyond“.
I am happy to announce that TEALS will partner with 3 additional schools in the Lake Washington School District for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. This brings the total number of TEALS schools to 13 for 2011-2012 and we will have almost 40 TEALS teachers and a reach of 800+ students.
After 2 months of recruiting, interviews and a lot of hard work, we finally have the final roster for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. We have a total of 32 TEALS teachers and TAs ready to go come September.
Out of the 32 TEALS teachers and TAs, 13 have graduate degrees and 2 with PhDs. See the entire roster here: http://www.tealsk12.org/team/team.html
And, we’re not quite done yet. We’re in talks with Lake Washington School District to expand TEALS there as well.
Turns out people love what TEALS does for their students and schools.
Got one of these from the Issaquah School Foundation:
TEALS will expand to all 3 high schools in the district in the fall, and it is our goal that next year, a quarter of all Washington State AP CS test takers will be from a TEALS class.
This is what the ISF web site had to say about TEALS:
Students from the pilot TEALS AP CS class took 3rd place at the April Puget Sound Programming contest at UW. This is their first time at such an event and congratulations to them and their 3rd place finish.
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