Relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research

Through collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, the Chicago Alliance for Equity in Computer Science (CAFÉCS) has produced relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research related to theory of computer science education, student learning and effective partnerships. This section provides an archive of CAFÉCS publications.

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Celebration of the Success of the CPS Computer Science Graduation Requirement

The Chicago Public Schools leads the nation in computer science education. This event celebrates the success of the enactment of a computer science graduation requirement in rapidly broadening participation in CS and maintaining student success.


Aug 2022

Examining equity in remote learning plans: A content analysis of state responses to COVID-19.

In this paper, the authors present a content analysis of state guidance on remote learning from the 2019-20 school year.


Apr 2021

Policy window in a pandemic: How a computer science rpp fostered equity in credit recovery in understanding and supporting district systems change around computer science education

In this study, we applied the Multiple Streams approach from theories of the policy process to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic helped open a policy window for the use of synchronous online instruction.


Apr 2021

Scaling high school AP computer science: Access and outcomes from Chicago Public Schools

To understand student access and success in advanced coursework in computer science (CS), we investigated AP CSP participation and outcomes in CPS.

    Jun 2020

    Computer Science through Concurrent Enrollment: A Strategy to Broaden Participation

    Most U.S. states support college-readiness and access through dual enrollment, in which high school students enroll in college courses.


    Feb 2020

    The Impact of CS for All on College Placement in Computer Science

    With the CS for All movement increasingly gaining traction nationally, students entering colleges and universities are arriving with deeper and broader CS experiences. This in turn can change students' higher education starting point.


    Feb 2020

    Using research-practice partnerships to improve practice in Chicago Public School

    This paper reports initial findings from this evaluation, focusing on the second and third dimensions: (1) conducting rigorous research to inform action and (2) supporting the partner organization to achieve its goals.


    May 2019

    Study of access and outcomes from advanced computer science coursework in the Chicago Public Schools” poster in Structured Poster Session CS for All: An intersectional approach to unpacking equity in computer science education

    The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has taken a unique approach to broadening participation of low-income students, students of color, and girls by establishing Computer Science (CS) as a high school graduation requirement.


    Apr 2019