Schools across the U.S. started to embrace computer science (CS) in 2017, with several states now moving ahead with legislation to make CS education mandatory.
"I think the field has obviously progressed [in the] last year," says the CSforAll Consortium's Ruthe Farmer. "Last year, we had a call to action, and this year we have action."
Among the notable efforts is Ohio Gov. John Kasich's signing of a bill requiring the state education department to adopt standards and a curriculum for CS in grades K-12.
Meanwhile, Virginia in November established mandatory standards for schools to incorporate CS content into their curricula.
Idaho's House Education Committee early last year passed CS standards, urging the state's STEM Action Center board, the state board of education, and the state education department to collaborate on their adoption, provide training to teachers, distribute grants to schools, and establish an online portal with instructional materials.
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