Advocating for Computer Science

Virginia Computer Science Statistics

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Virginia Highlights

CodeVA Has a Proven Track Record of Making a Difference Through Policy

Since 2014, CodeVA has taken great strides in making Computer Science a priority for Virginia. In 2016, Virginia became the first state in the nation to pass sweeping Computer Science education reform. This law mandates that every Virginia child will receive access to essential Computer Science literacy – to include coding – from Kindergarten through graduation.

CodeVA wrote this legislation and worked hard with policymakers to make it happen. The law passed the General Assembly unanimously.

CodeVA is proud to work with policy makers and stakeholders to expand participation in Computer Science

“There is no issue more critical to education, economy and security in the Virginia/DC/Maryland area. Combined we are, respectively, the first, second and fourth nationally in terms of per-capita computer science jobs, and Virginia is no. 4 for total number of jobs. Where our West Coast computer science industry makes products and games, here we are the backbone of cybersecurity, aerospace, research, banking and defense. In Virginia, Computer Science is a bipartisan issue, and the unanimous legislative victories we’ve won here, along with the support of our governor, show a unified urgency to succeed in ensuring our children, our economy and our future are secure through the education of a computer science-literate workforce.”

– Chris Dovi, Executive Director

Now the Hard Work Begins…

More must be done to ensure Virginia’s classrooms are Computer Science classrooms. CodeVA, with your support, continues to advocate for meaningful and intentional implementation of computer science standards, and to craft policy that ensures the state’s future competitive workforce continues to lead the nation and the world. By collaborating with the business community and education leaders, CodeVA helps foster communication between the public school classroom and the corporate boardroom.

Help us to make Computer Science education a reality for all Virginia children.