2021 State of Computer Science Report Highlights Virginia’s Achievements

3 November, 2021

November 3, 2021 – Today, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, released the 2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy. Published annually, the report provides the most comprehensive analysis of national progress in computer science education, featuring national and state-level policy and implementation data with a focus on equity and diversity.

In Virginia, we’ve made great strides in advancing computer science in our schools and classrooms. This year we’re celebrating Virginia’s continued commitment to equitable computer science education statewide. We want to thank the teachers, students, school districts, parents, computer science advocates, and lawmakers who helped make this happen. Virginia is proud to support computer science education!  

Virginia has adopted seven of the nine policies recommended by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition. These policies support computer science education in our schools. States that have adopted more of the nine policies have a greater percentage of high schools teaching computer science. 

We are also pleased to announce that 73 percent of public high schools in Virginia taught a foundational CS course in 2020-2021. Additionally 25 percent of students enrolled in CS were female students.