Student Results & Testimonials
One goal of the ECS curriculum is to “increase high-quality, college preparatory computer science classes, especially in high schools with high numbers of African-American and Latino students.”
So far, the ECS curriculum has been successful in reaching its population, with over 4,000 students served and over 75% identifying as Latino or African-American.
In the following video former ECS student Y’shua Ortiz talks about the impact ECS has had on him personally.
Exploring Computer Science Course Enrollment 2011-2012:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Exploring Computer Science Course Enrollment in LAUSD: 2008-2012
|Total Course Enrollment for ECS||306||921||1,377||2,136|
|Increase from Previous Year||N/A||+615||+456||+759|
Comparing California and National APCS and LAUSD ECS Participation Rates (2011-12)
|Groups||AP Computer Science Test Takers (California)||AP Computer Science Test Takers (National)||Exploring Computer Science Students (Los Angeles)|
|African American||45 out of 3,920
1% of the total
|1,266 out of 24,782
5% of the total
|200 out of 2,136
9% of the total
|Latino||314 out of 3,920
8% of the total
|2,350 out of 24,782
9% of the total
|1,649 out of 2,136
77% of the total
|Female||833 out of 3,920
21% of the total
|4,635 out of 24,782
19% of the total
|923 out of 2,136
43% of the total
The ECS team is currently collaborating with SRI to develop and pilot assessment measures for ECS student learning.
Students showed great interest in the topics covered in the curriculum; over 70% of students reported “liking” or “loving” various aspects of the curriculum, including robotics, programming, and website design.
Students learned how to perform various computer-related tasks. Students reported increases in knowledge in all topics assigned.
Students reported high self-confidence to complete computer-related tasks, including computer programming, website design, and robotics.
Students demonstrated greater persistence in solving computer science problems at the end of the curriculum.
Many students learned applications of computer science that apply to other fields and learned how important these skills are for their future.
Teacher Responses & Testimonials
Teachers implementing the ECS curriculum have a strong social network to support their teaching. Parts of this collaboration are workshop sessions aimed to help teachers share successful ideas and troubleshoot problems. Overall teachers almost unanimously thought these workshops were helpful and informative.
Teachers were also impressed with the positive impact on their students.