The first official public draft of the Common Core State Standards Initiative's K-12 standards has been released by the National Governors Association's Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards, which seek to provide a clear framework to prepare U.S. children for college and the workforce, included computer science as a senior-level high school course for students who meet the "readiness level" by 11th grade.
"Given the critical role of computing for our global information society in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century, this inclusion in the draft Common Core Standards is a huge boost for the field and its future," says ACM CEO John White, who notes that one of the biggest challenges facing computer science education has been finding a place for it in a high school curriculum. "We are heartened by the inclusion of computer science in this draft," says White, and encourages "the advisory groups working on these standards to retain that reference in the final version, as well as add a description of what rigorous senior year computer science encompasses."
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