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Assessing computational thinking: an overview of the field

Steven McGee was part of an editorial team for a special issue on assessing computation thinking. This article is the editorial and overview of the special issue.
May 2021

Research-Practice Partnership Strategies to Conduct and Use Research to Inform Practice

This study examines the collaborative processes that CAFÉCS uses to conduct and use research.
Apr 2021

Computer Science Teachers as Change Agents for Broadening Participation: Exploring Perceptions of Equity

In this paper, the authors share findings from a qualitative analysis of computer science teachers’ perspectives about equity within the context of the Exploring Computer Science equity-focused professional development program.
Apr 2021

Policy window in a pandemic: How a computer science RPP fostered equity in credit recovery

We applied theories of the policy making process to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic opened a policy window that allowed the use of synchronous online instruction during the implementation of equity-centered, online computer science credit recovery.
Apr 2021

Using Rasch Analysis for Determining the Cut Score of a Computer Science Placement Exam

In this paper, we present the development and validation of a placement exam for computer science in the Chicago Public Schools.
Apr 2021

Coaching Teachers of Exploring Computer Science: A Report on Four Years of Implementation

This report documents the results of the 4-year Accelerate ECS4All NSF grant that supported the development and evaluation of an instructional coaching model for Exploring Computer Science for the Chicago Public Schools.
Jan 2021

Broadening Participation and Success in AP CS A

This paper examines the student- and teacher-level factors that affect student outcomes on the AP CS-A exam. In particular, it highlights the benefit of taking ECS as a foundation for success in AP CS-A.
Dec 2020

Entrepreneurship, Federalism, and Chicago: Setting the Computer Science Agenda at the Local and National Levels

This AERA paper provides a preliminary report on how local and national policy entrepreneurs created an environment that was favorable to the landmark decision by the Chicago Public Schools to enact a computer science graduation requirement.
Jun 2020

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