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Report ­rges States to Take Action on Computer Science Education

By THE Journal

December 21, 2016

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The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has published a report recommending actions states and schools can take to help more young people learn computer science (CS).

The report says states should develop CS standards for K-12, and recommends bringing educators and other experts together to develop them. In addition, states should lay the foundation for learning CS by integrating lessons on literacy skills and math that will help students master grade-appropriate CS standards.

SREB also recommends states create "clear pathways" to computing careers by building blocks of courses for training in high-demand jobs in cybersecurity, informatics, and related fields.

In order to accomplish these goals, states need to recruit and train exceptional CS teachers by offering teaching endorsements to new educators who complete a multi-week summer class to learn their curriculum.

Finally, SREB says states need to educate communities about opportunities in CS. "Like reading, writing, and math, knowledge of computer science can no longer be considered optional in our innovation-driven economy, where data and computer technology are central to our lives," says SREB president Dave Spence.

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