CS counts as Math in new Core Standards

March 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm 3 comments

This is a big deal: The new Core Standards from the National Governors’ Association (an effort to create national standards for K-12 education from the state-level) includes computer science (as part of mathematics).  Having it appear here increases the pressure to include computing as part of K-12 standards in each state, which creates a market for K-12 computer science teachers, which leads to a need for certificates and endorsements, and so on.  It all starts with recognizing that computer science counts.

The Association for Computing Machinery ACM and the computing community—which includes academics and industry professionals—were pleased to see ‘computer science’ included as a senior-level high school course for students who meet the ‘readiness level’ by 11th grade within the latest draft of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

via ACM CEO Issues Statement on Inclusion of Computer Science in Draft Math Core Standards — Association for Computing Machinery.

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  • 1. Gary Litvin  |  March 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I looked and searched the March 9 draft and couldn’t find any mention of “computer” in any context, except a couple of times as part of CAS. Have I missed it? I found one sentence about discrete mathematics: “Other forms of advanced work are possible (for example in discrete mathematics or advanced statistics) and can be eventually added to the standards. ” If not for this sentence, one might think this draft was written before Turing was born.

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  March 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Cameron Wilson showed a figure at the ACM Education Council meeting on Saturday that showed Computer Science as part of a network of topics and courses.

      ACM should be making another announcement soon — Congress explicitly named “Computer Science” as part of STEM last week, with a citable mention in the Federal Register.

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  • 3. Andy Kuemmel  |  March 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I had a hard time seeing it, too, but if you look at the chart on page 3 it shows that Computer Science would be one choice after taking course 3

    Click to access K12MathAppendixA.pdf

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