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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Broadening participation and success in AP CSA: Predictive modeling from three years of data

This paper studies how students in Chicago are successful in the AP Computer Science A course while the district sought to broaden participation for under-represented youth in Computer Science more broadly.


Mar 2021


Aug 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

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

    Research-practice partnerships with Chicago Public Schools

    Educational organizations and research institutions need to interrogate historically inequitable and unjust distributions of power and resources in research and the impact those disparities have on our youth and our society.


    Apr 2020

    The changing profile of ECS teachers

    This study compares the characteristics and professional development (PD) experiences between teachers who began teaching Exploring Computer Science before and after the enactment of a CS graduation requirement in the Chicago Public Schools.


    Mar 2020

    Does a Computer Science Graduation Requirement Contribute to Increased Enrollment in Advanced Computer Science Coursework?

    Prior research has shown that students pursuing Exploring Computer Science (ECS) as their first elective course were more likely to pursue another computer science course in high school.


    Mar 2020

    Research, relationships, and reflection: How three research-practice partnerships support practitioners’ use of research evidence.

    A primary goal of RPPs is to impact decision making in education through the use of research evidence.


    Mar 2020