Recognizing the necessity of computer skills in today's technology-driven society, the Iowa board of Education has begun to encourage their schools to teach computer science as early as kindergarten and continuing through grade 12. The goal being introductory instruction in elementary grades, exploratory instruction in middle school, and computer science in high school. To fund this effort, they have dedicated one million dollars for teacher training, offering an endorsement in computer science for teachers who take university level classes.
One of the goals is "building an inclusive and diverse computing culture." The state adopted CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards which the EdGate team added to our repository in 2016 (including updates this past March).
By: Jodi Waugh