Relevant research that 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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Balancing teachers’ needs in times of crisis: investigating how computer science instructional coaches and teachers navigated remote professional development during COVID-19

This study investigated how Chicago Public Schools (CPS) computer science (CS) teachers and instructional coaches navigated remote professional development (PD) during the pandemic.


Feb 2024

Hybrid/Online ECS: An Equity-Focused Credit Recovery Course

This was an invited repeat presentation of the RESPECT version of this report that provides an overview of the design elements used for the hybrid/online ECS program.


Mar 2023

Impact of the CPS Computer Science Graduation Policy on Student Access and Outcomes

The Chicago Public Schools leads the nation in computer science education. This report evaluates the impact of CPS's landmark decision to make computer science a graduation requirement.


Dec 2022

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

Assessing computational thinking: an overview of the field

The last decade has seen rapid growth in the presence of computational thinking (CT) in educational contexts. Those working to advance CT argue that the concepts and skills associated with CT are essential to succeed in an increasingly computational


May 2021

Using rasch analysis for determining the cut score of a computer science placement exam

This paper describes the development and validation of a placement exam using Rasch modeling techniques. The placement exam will be used by the Chicago Public Schools to advise students on which computer science course they may be ready to take.


Apr 2021

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