Need help! Get CS in the Common Core!

March 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Cameron Wilson just wrote a blog post about computer science being made part of the draft Common Core Standards.  It’s not yet in the official Common Core Standards.  Cameron explains in his piece why this is important, and what we can do (YES, THERE’S SOMETHING URGENT TO DO HERE!) to make this stick.  It can be as simple as an email or filling out a Web form — please do help!

K-12 computer science education might get a boost from a recently released document called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) . This initiative is historic for the United States. For the first time forty-eight governors have come together to propose a common set of English arts and mathematics standards — which are key drivers of the curriculum students are exposed to — for their states. Until the common core standards initiative, state standards were generally disconnected from each other. The exciting news is that computer science is listed as a potential fourth course in their model pathway

When it comes to computer science education in K-12 we have two major policy issues: 1) most states do not have specific computer science standards, and 2) if computer science courses are in schools, they don’t count toward a student’s core credits. Some states like Texas, Georgia and Virginia have moved to count computer science courses in high school as either a math or science; however, in most states computer science is an elective. This leaves computer science courses starved for attention, resources and student interest.

…Now the community can support this breakthrough by sending letters for support for the inclusion of computer science in the final document. The initiative is taking comments on the draft until April 2. There are two ways to comment. The first is by taking the survey, which as an additional comment area where you can express support for computer science. (Follow this link and click on the “submit feedback” to get to the survey.) The second is by sending letters to commonstandards@ccsso.org.

via Computing and the Common Core | blog@CACM | Communications of the ACM.

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