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Arizona Adopts New Computer Science Academic Standards

October 26, 2018

Governor’s Office Initiative With Code.org Yields New Standards And Professional Development Opportunities In Computer Science Education

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey applauds the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for their joint efforts to develop and adopt new K-12 computer science education standards this week. With the adoption of these high-quality standards and the launch of the Computer Science Professional Development Program, Arizona has made significant strides in a short period of time to raise public awareness surrounding the importance of computer science education in every grade.

 “Computer science education in all grade levels builds a strong foundation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our students,” said Governor Ducey. “Technology continues to play an increasingly important role in today’s workforce. By expanding access to high-quality computer science coursework, we can ensure more Arizona students are well-prepared to succeed in the high-demand employment sectors of our 21st century economy.”

Through the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, Governor Ducey, Code.org, and Computer Science for Arizona (CSforAZ) have partnered for the past two years to advance Arizona’s Computer Science Initiative. With a strategic focus on three policy priorities – the adoption of computer science academic standards, increased professional development for teachers, and the expansion of computer science course offerings in Arizona high schools - Arizona is on-track to boost critical computer science access in schools and classrooms statewide.  

"In the 21st century, computer science provides not only a pathway to the careers of the future, but a foundation for basic understanding of the increasingly technological world around us,” said Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org. “Whether a student wants to be a lawyer, nurse, scientist, farmer, or coder, she can benefit from a basic understanding of computer science. Arizona has taken an important step with the adoption of K-12 computer science standards. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the state." 

In FY 2018, Governor Ducey proposed and received funding for the development of computer science standards in partnership with the ADE, Code.org, and working groups of educators, content experts, parents, community and industry partners. The FY 2019 budget included $1 million to create the Computer Science Professional Development Program and increase the number of high school computer science courses available to students in the state by providing high-quality, rigorous training for new computer science teachers.

Read what others are saying about Arizona’s new Computer Science Standards:

Brian Nelson, Co-Chair, CSforAZ

“CSforAZ is excited at the great progress Arizona is making in its goal to provide high quality computer science education for all students in the state. The adoption of the computer science standards helps pave the way to provide equitable access to computer science and computational thinking skills for everyone as a fundamental 21st century literacy.”

Daniel Schneider, Computer Science Teacher, Amphitheater Public Schools

“I’m thrilled that Arizona now has rigorous computer science standards across all grade levels. We’re moving closer and closer to computer science for all. I look forward to the next generation of computer science literate students these standards will create.”

Jake Baskin, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association

“High quality standards are a key part of making computer science education foundational for all students. By building off CSTA K-12 standards as a base, teachers across Arizona will be able to leverage a deep pool of standards-aligned resources to best meet the needs of their students and classrooms.”

Click here to find additional information on Arizona’s newly-adopted Computer Science Standards.

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