In May 2014, the ECS research team created a report that summarized results of research on student indicators for ECS classrooms in the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD). You can view this report in full as well as a few summary charts below. For a full discussion please see Published Articles.
Further research and analysis regarding student indicators in ECS classrooms are ongoing. The ECS team collaborates with SRI to develop and pilot assessment measures for ECS student learning.
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Exploring Computer Science Course Cumulative
Student Enrollment 2009-10 to 2013-14
Exploring Computer Science Course Enrollment 2013-2014
Responses & 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 8,000 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. This video is from ECS Day at UCLA in 2013.
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.
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.