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

Student 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.