Yesterday, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. The bipartisan bill largely replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. It impacts everything from testing standards to funding, and it was a big win for computer science education.
The bill defines subjects that make up a “well-rounded education” and for the first time ever, computer science made the list! That’s a big deal because the bill uses that definition to determine curriculum and professional development decisions. The bill includes provisions that call for teachers to have professional development opportunities so they can be trained to teach STEM subjects, including computer science.
We talk a lot about Code.org around here, and for good reason. They’ve been pressing lawmakers to include provisions like these for a very long time. According to COO Cameron Wilson, the move is a big step towards their long term vision that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. Check out his post for more information on how the bill impacts computer science and ways that your school can access Federal funding.
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