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California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction

Third graders in a computing workshop at Redwood Heights Elementary School, Oakland, CA.

Gov. Jerry Browns signing last week of California's 2017-18 state budget included funding for two significant, complementary initiatives intended to expand K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.

Credit: Alison Yin/EdSource

Included in California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent signing of the 2017-2018 state budget is funding for two complementary initiatives to broaden K-12 student access to computer science (CS) coursework and instruction.

One effort seeks to establish a CS strategic implementation advisory panel to encourage and develop recommendations essential to the effective and equitable deployment of CS in K-12, including how best to expand the pool of instructors to teach computer science and what additional resources might be required.

The other initiative is the creation of the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee (CCSAC), which this fall will discuss a vision for and definition of CS to differentiate it from computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship, and information technology.

The CCSAC must devise and reach consensus on substantive, flexible guidance to support school districts and charter schools to embed CS within their curricula so it aligns with local capacity, context, and local stakeholders' interests.

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