State ap­proves new stan­dards for com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion

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BAL­TI­MORE — The Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved a new set of stan­dards de­signed to strengthen com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The new stan­dards in­te­grate tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion through­out each grade level, and are de­signed to be spe­cific, mea­sur­able, and in­clude per­for­mance ex­pec­ta­tions. The stan­dards, start­ing in kin­der­garten and pro­gress­ing through high school, align to the na­tional K-12 Com­puter Sci­ence Stan­dards ap­proved by the Com­puter Sci­ence Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion last year.

“Our ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that Mary­land’s stu­dents have the nec­es­sary tools and skills to Join your fam­ily and friends on a walk through the Fes­ti­val’s win­ter won­der­land of beau­ti­fully trimmed trees and hol­i­day decor pur­sue their higher ed­u­ca­tion goals and com­pete in an evolv­ing job mar­ket,” said Gov. Larry Ho­gan. “These new stan­dards will pro­vide a path­way to fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties by strength­en­ing the vi­tal com­puter skills needed for to­day’s 21st cen­tury work­force.”

The gover­nor in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion dur­ing the 2018 ses­sion of the Mary­land General As­sem­bly to re­quire new stan­dards for com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion, and signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der last year which de­clared com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion a pri­or­ity in Mary­land pub­lic schools.

The gover­nor also signed leg­is­la­tion pro­vid­ing more than $5 mil­lion in new fund­ing for com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion with a fo­cus on clos­ing the gen­der gap in schools across Mary­land.

The Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion hosted the Gover­nor’s Cod­ing Chal­lenge at Bowie State Univer­sity on Oct. 6 in part­ner­ship with Girls Who Code, which aims to grow the num­ber of women in com­puter sci­ence. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has more than 80 clubs in Mary­land and served as the in­spi­ra­tion for the Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion’s AC­CESS (Achiev­ing Com­puter Sci­ence Col­lab­o­ra­tions for Em­ploy­ing Stu­dents Statewide) Ini­tia­tive, which seeks to in­spire Mary­land stu­dents at a younger age to pur­sue ca­reers in com­puter sci­ence.

The new stan­dards in­clude learn­ing con­cepts across the broad range of com­puter sci­ence, from com­put­ing sys­tems to data and anal­y­sis to the im­pact of com­put­ing on cul­ture. They are the re­sult of in­put from rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 31 or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pants from 15 lo­cal school sys­tems, six post­sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, and 10 lo­cal busi­nesses and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“These stan­dards move us that much closer to en­sur­ing that stu­dents have a com­puter sci­ence in­struc­tional pro­gram aligned to the needs of to­mor­row,” said State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon. “The stan­dards also help ad­dress the state’s need for a di­verse and tal­ented in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) work­force.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce, the eco­nomic ar­eas cur­rently in high­est de­mand are Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Aero­space and De­fense, Agribusi­ness, BioHealth and Life Sci­ences, Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Cy­ber­se­cu­rity and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, and the Mil­i­tary and Fed­eral Govern­ment.

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