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State-Level Policy for Computer Science Education Continues to Grow

By EdScoop

October 3, 2018

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A report by Code.org found many U.S. states are aggressively implementing policies in support of computer science (CS) education across K-12 curriculums.

The organization says 44 states have put in place at least one policy that brings CS to students. In contrast, in 2013 only 14 states and Washington, D.C., had one or more CS education policies in place.

Code.org lists nine policy variants that states can develop for CS education, falling into categories that include policies that create plans and set standards; policies that apportion funding or boost capacity by training teachers; policies that establish dedicated CS positions within state government agencies; and policies that embed CS more tightly into academic curriculums.

However, the nonprofit says only 35% of high schools in 24 vetted states are offering CS courses.

Microsoft's Brad Smith says, "We hope that every state passes laws, by the end of the year, to ensure that all students, no matter his or her background, can learn to code."

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