Statistic after statistic hammers home the importance of computer science in the national and global economy, but for all the increased awareness around the demand for computing skills, state education systems still do not fully support computer science education.

A new report from Code.org examines the state of K-12 computer science education and notes that, despite half a million computing jobs sitting open in the U.S., schools still have a lot of progress to make.

Across 24 states, just 35 percent of high schools in the U.S. teach computer science–and minority, rural, and economically disadvantaged students are even less likely to go to a school offering computer science.

But in the states and districts that have made computer science education a priority, progress and policies are encouraging.

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura