Could computer science join the 3 R’s at Iowa schools?

, mpatane@dmreg.com9:18 p.m. CST December 26, 2015 From the Des Moines Register>

If Iowa education officials get their way, computer science could one day be required at all state high schools as part of an updated curriculum intended to prepare students for a growing career field.

The Iowa Department of Education plans to file a bill in the coming legislative session that would establish a task force to examine the issue. The group would make recommendations on requiring all high schools to offer a “high-quality computer science course” by the 2018-19 school year, Department Director Ryan Wise said.

The task force also would examine how to create a sequence of computer science curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade, including a coding class in seventh and eighth grades, Wise said.


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