Fourteen States will now count Computer Science classes as math science and/or foreign language credits that will apply towards a High School Diploma, according to a report by the Education Commission of the States. The new graduation policies are aimed at "aligning K-12 course offerings and graduation requirements with the needs of the workforce." These computer science classes are not meant to replace core math, science, and foreign language requirements. They will act as advanced options for those students once they have completed the required classes. In order to increase access to technology and tech-based training for all students in grades K-12, policymakers are taking a good look at the disparities across the population with the goal of increasing overall access to computer science, as well as looking at focusing on teacher training in the subject.
By: Jodi Waugh