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New poll reveals Washington citizens’ overwhelming support for greater investment in computer science education

Slide1Washington STEM, an organization that supports improved STEM education for our state’s students “from cradle to career,” recently announced the results of a poll showing overwhelming support among Washington’s citizens for improved access to computer science education at the K-12 and post-secondary levels.

Among the highlights:

  • 85 percent support increasing computer science degree capacity at Washington’s public higher education institutions.
  • 90 percent support expanding the number of public K-12 schools in Washington that offer computer science classes.
  • 91 percent support training more of our state’s K-12 teachers in computer science.

The poll, which surveyed 647 registered Washington voters, was conducted by Strategies 360, and covered all aspects of STEM education. In this context, the overwhelming support for investment in computer science education was particularly gratifying!

Learn more about the poll results and Washington STEM’s support for computer science education here. Check out a slideshow on the full results of the survey here.

Read previous blog posts on the effort to improve computer science education at the K-12 level – H.B. 1813, sponsored by State Representatives Drew Hansen and Chad Magendanz – here and here.

Learn more about employer and student demand for computer science degrees, from CSE department chair Hank Levy’s testimony before the Washington State Legislature earlier this year, here.

February 23, 2015