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Advocates Lament Computer Science Gap in Standards Push


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Computing in the Core, an advocacy group whose members include ACM, Google, Microsoft, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, and the National Science Teachers Association, issued a press release criticizing the National Research Council's new science framework for not including a focus on computer science.

The group also noted that computer science was largely left out of the recently developed common-core standards in math, which have been adopted in almost every state. "No other subject will open as many doors in the 21st century as computer science, so it is disappointing that neither the science framework nor the mathematics core standards make room for computer science in the K-12 curriculum," says Computing in the Core's Della Cronin.

ACM's Cameron Wilson says Computing in the Core unsuccessfully tried to convince the report's authors to include a significant focus on computer science. The new standards are troubling, says Wilson, because "the common-core state standards and the National Research Council are trying to define what kids need to know within the math and science space, and the broader [science, technology, engineering, and math] space."

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