More districts are requiring computer science in high school, as districts update their curriculum to meet 21st century expectations.

Requiring Computer Science in High SchoolIn Iowa, the state Department of Education is filing a bill with the state legislature to create a task force in the next session to examine adding computer science as a requirement in high school.

The task force will also look into creating a comprehensive computer science curriculum for all levels sequentially, beginning with kindergarten. This would include coding classes in seventh and eighth grades.

According to Department Director Ryan Wise, “There’s a lot of big decisions that need to be made when we talk about things like what constitutes a high-quality course: what would be the standards for it, where are we in terms of licensure and professional development requirements, and where would we need to be as we implement this.” 

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