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