Summary Report

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 Unified 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.

For additional information about our research, contact Joanna Goode at

Exploring Computer Science Course Cumulative
Student Enrollment 2009-10 to 2013-14

African American400408808
Unknown  45
Native American
Pacific Islander61117

Exploring Computer Science Course Enrollment 2013-­2014

African American134121255
Native American
Pacific Islander224

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.

I could be an engineer in the future, and taking this class, has helped me a lot.

Students demonstrated greater persistence in solving computer science problems at the end of the curriculum.

[ECS] teaches me new way to solve problems.
Now I have an opportunity to enroll into a more advanced Exploring Computer Science class in college

Many students learned applications of computer science that apply to other fields and learned how important these skills are for their future.

I plan to pursue a career in either Pediatrics or Biomedical Engineering and the problem solving techniques as well as the programming tips are definitely useful for my future career plans.

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.

I am so grateful to be a part of the ECS program! My students were tremendously blessed to learn more about CS and I know that they feel more empowered!
I have seen many students discover that there are parts of computer science that they enjoy.
I Loved it – both me and my students. I have had students say that they finally like computers.
I am privileged to be part of a group of educators who have a clear vision, wish to do well for public school students, follow through with their promises, and are making an impact throughout LAUSD.

Data gathered through evaluations from teachers who participated in CSPdWeek 2017, our summer PD that gathered teachers from around the country, also expressed positive regard for our program in a number of areas:

The reading really drove home the idea that just because students have access to education doesn’t mean equity exists. I’m beginning to see how the teaching strategies I will use to build community in my classroom will support equity.
This was an amazing [PD] experience the last two years. I would love to stay involved with the larger ECS community in any capacity.