The state Board of Education appointed a committee to develop and improve new computer science standards in California.

New Computer Science StandardsMeeting in Sacramento, the board appointed 21 members to the Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee and approved guidelines for the development of new standards.

“These actions will modernize and upgrade computer science education in California,” said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction The committee members include math and science teachers, principals, university professors and business leaders. They will develop standards that guide the state’s 1,000 school districts.

The Instructional Quality Commission recommended the guidelines, based on public comment, group meetings, and updates for state law.  The standards will be developed and recommended prior to August 2019.

Revised standards must reflect industry trends, have some components that can be learned without a computer, focus on solving real problems and emphasize the creative and artistic elements of computer science.

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