Our economy is transitioning from the industrial age to the digital age. However, our model of education has not kept pace with the changing needs of society. Our current system of education is suited for the industrial age where the purpose was to prepare students for factory work. Dallas Independent School District has committed to CS4Dallas, an initiative designed to create computer science education for every student K-12. The goal of the initiative is to empower all Dallas students to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators, not just consumers, in the digital economy.
Since CS4Dallas was initiated, computer science has grown rapidly in Dallas ISD. All of our 40 middle schools offer elective courses in programming and robotics. This ensures that every middle school student will be exposed to computer science before entering high school. Fourteen of our high schools offer courses in computer science (an increase of more than 200% since 2015). For 2017-18, we are launching our Elementary Computer Science Program. At 30 of our elementary schools, students will learn computer science within the regular school day. The elementary computer science curriculum was developed through a partnership with Code.org and Texas Tech University.