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Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States (2014)
ACM Education Policy Committee
This report calls on education and business leaders and public policy officials in every state to take immediate action aimed at filling the pipeline of qualified students pursuing computing and related degrees, and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. The report provides recommendations to help these leaders join together to create a comprehensive plan that addresses K-12 computer science education and that aligns state policy, programs, and resources to implement these efforts.

Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher Certification in the U.S. (2013)
ACM and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
This report demonstrates the process of qualifying to teach computer science can be difficult to discover and difficult to achieve. The report recommends clear, consistent, and attainable K-12 computer science teacher certification. The report provides state-by-state reports covering the variety of requirements for computer science teacher certification and computer science high school graduation requirements for students in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The full-text of the report is available for download. The website also provides an interactive map of state reports.

Informatics Education: Europe Cannot Afford to Miss the Boat (2013)
ACM Europe and Informatics Europe
This joint report by the ACM Europe and Informatics Europe Working Group on Informatics Education defines a blueprint for digital literacy and informatics curricula adapted to the European context, and explains why such curricula are critical
to the economic health of European countries.

ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force
This report, known as CS2013, offers computing curricular and pedagogical guidance for undergraduate programs in computing at public and private universities and colleges worldwide.

ACM Education Policy Committee and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
This report identified the numerous and significant gaps between state secondary education standards and nationally recognized computer science standards. It showed clearly that K-12 computer science curricular standards were not widely adopted, and that rigorous computer science courses rarely satisfied a core mathematics or science credit for high school graduation. The report provides state-by-state reports for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Workforce Development Reports


Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States (2014)
ACM Education Policy Committee
This report calls on education and business leaders and public policy officials in every state to take immediate action aimed at filling the pipeline of qualified students pursuing computing and related degrees, and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. The report provides recommendations to help these leaders join together to create a comprehensive plan that addresses K-12 computer science education and that aligns state policy, programs, and resources to implement these efforts.

Globalization and Offshoring of Software (2006)
ACM Job Migration Task Force
This report found that to be competitive and successful in the 21st century, a country's workforce needs a solid education in the fundamentals of computer science and mathematics.





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