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CodeHS Pennsylvania Computer Science Education Guide

In the 21st century, coding is a foundational skill, just like reading and writing. Everyone should get the chance to learn how to code—it's a skill that provides limitless creative opportunities to students and future generations.

With great curriculum, resources, and support, school districts across the country can implement high-quality computer science programs. At CodeHS, our goal is to make computer science education fun and accessible to all!

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Did You Know

  • Pennsylvania Requires Computer Science in High School
  • Pennsylvania Adopted CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • CodeHS Courses are Aligned to CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • CodeHS Curriculum is Free

Pennsylvania K-12 Computer Science Policies

In January 2018, Pennsylvania's State Board of Education adopted the Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards. Governor Wolf has also made it a point to emphasize the importance of computer science education in Pennsylvania in the last year by becoming a leading member of the Governors for Computer Science Initiative.

PAsmart, an initiative designed to better align education, workforce, and economic development, was funded in House Bill 2121. It dedicated $20M to expand STEM and computer science education, including teacher professional development for FY 2019.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

CodeHS Computer Science Standards & Framework Alignment

All of the main courses offered in the CodeHS 6-12 pathway are aligned to support the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards, which were adopted by the Pennsylvania Board of Education.

CodeHS Pennsylvania 6-12 Computer Science Curriculum Pathway

Here are the CodeHS courses that align with Pennsylvania middle school and high school computer science state standards for grades 6-12.

6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Pennsylvania Tech Apps and Coding
Pennsylvania Course 3A
AP Computer Science Principles
Pennsylvania Course 3B
AP Computer Science A (Nitro)

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CodeHS' Impact on Pennsylvania

Mifflin County High School - Lewistown, Pennsylvania

With years of professional computer science experience and a flexible teaching style, Kelley Dixon has created a powerful computer science program in Mifflin County.

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CodeHS is very responsive to any questions or problems that we are having. - Randall Wert, Teacher at Kutztown Area High School in Pennsylvania

I do want to share with you how refreshing it is to see students celebrate their success. I had students cheering when they got their code to work. As students finished the first part of the karel exercises, I printed up a little certificate for them. When I presented the certificates in class, they were clapping and cheering for each other. I thought it was really cool. We hung them on the wall and they asked if they can come back and get them at the end of the year to take home. - Linda Runatz, Teacher at New Brighton High School in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Computer Science Stats

  • Only 4,010 students in Pennsylvania took the Advanced Placement Computer Science exams in 2018 (2,150 AP CS A, 1,860 AP CSP); only 23% of exams were taken by females
  • Computer programmers and software developers in Pennsylvania have an average annual salary of $95,230, which is higher than the overall average state salary at $50,030
  • There are currently 18,000+ unfilled computer science jobs in Pennsylvania with an average salary of $80,000 and a projected growth of up to 26% annually
Sources: The College Board, PA Department of Education,, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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