CS as a Graduation Requirement: Catalyst for Systemic Change

February 2018


Lucia Dettori

DePaul University

Ronald I. Greenberg

Loyola University Chicago

Steven McGee

The Learning Partnership

Dale Reed

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Brenda Wilkerson


Don Yanek

Chicago Public Schools

Since President Obama’s announcement of the Computer Science for All Initiative in 2016, there has been a surge in the number of districts that are planning for or newly implementing computer science (CS) offerings at their schools. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the first large school district to have adopted Computer Science as a high school graduation requirement, taking this significant step along the path towards systemic change. The foundation was laid eight years ago when an informal alliance was formed between a CPS high school CS teacher, a CPS administrator, and three university computer scientists.

Suggested Citation

Lucia Dettori, Ronald I. Greenberg, Steven McGee, Dale Reed, Brenda Wilkerson, and Don Yanek. CS as a graduation requirement: Catalyst for systemic change. In Proceedings of the 49th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, pages 406–407. Association for Computing Machinery, February 2018. Baltimore, MD. https://doi.org/10.1145/3159450.3159646.