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Extending the Computer Science Pipeline: Enhancing Rigor and Relevance in Middle School Computer Science

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United States Department of Education

In partnership with the Rutgers University Department of Computer Science and external-evaluators at Deacon Hill Research Associates, this project aims to broaden participation of high-need students through access to and engagement with rigorous and relevant middle school computer science (CS). In turn, CESP seeks to subsequently increase CS-related interest, self-efficacy, and achievement; the project will reach over 25,500 students in grades 5-8 across more than 35 middle schools in the region. 

To this end, CESP will collaboratively define and refine a CS education technical assistance framework that includes purposeful professional learning and other educator supports. Additionally, the project will assess the added benefit of teacher participation in a researcher-practitioner partnership collaborative structure through a randomized-control trial.

This $4,000,000 project, funded by Office of Elementary & Secondary Education within the United States Department of Education, began in 2021 and is scheduled to end in 2025.