FOLSOM, Calif .– (BUSINESS WIRE)-PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC), the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America, joins national nonprofit organization Code.org and more than 500 of the industry’s top, nonprofits, and education leaders nationwide to issue a letter calling on state governments and education leaders to “update the K-12 curriculum in every state, for every student in every school that have the opportunity to learn computer science. ”
The coalition behind this effort is unprecedented in U.S. education, which brings together leaders and builds large technology companies with CEOs of companies across the sector, as well as education organizations across the country. As a signature to this letter, PowerSchool stands in support of Code.org’s call for prioritizing computer science education and enthusiastically believes that the computer science curriculum is key to expanding knowledge and opportunities for students and schools across the country.
“Access to the expanded computer science curriculum helps ensure that students realize their full potential, in their own way,” said Hardeep Gulati, CEO of PowerSchool. “Computer science education has personally changed my life and has the potential to change millions, if not billions, of lives in the coming decades.”
Over the past decade, all 50 states have taken action to expand access to computer science, including allowing computer science to count toward core graduation requirements, funding professional learning to training more teachers, and creating clear certification pathways for computer science teachers. Even today, the United States has more than 700,000 open computer jobs, but only 80,000 graduate in computer science a year, and only 5% of high school students study computer science.
“Every industry is affected by digital technology, but not all students have the opportunity to learn how technology works,” said Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi. “Today, computer science should be a core topic, like basic biology or algebra. The United States has seen great momentum behind this idea, and today’s announcement makes it clear that the time for action is now. today.We need to ensure that the standards and The curricula used nationwide prioritize computer science so that all students, especially from less represented backgrounds, have the opportunity to participate in our digital economy. ”
PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC) is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America. Its mission is to empower the education ecosystem with integrated technology that helps teachers and students realize their full potential, in their own way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts effectively manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, teaching, grading, assessment and analytics in one integrated platform. PowerSchool supports more than 45 million students worldwide and more than 14,000 customers, including more than 90 of the top 100 districts by enrolling students in the United States, and sells solutions in more than 90 countries. Visit www.powerschool.com to learn more.
Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing the participation of young women and students from other under-represented groups. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. The leading provider of the K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school district in the United States, Code.org has also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which engages more than 15% of all students worldwide .