Educational Technology

December 21, 2013

Chicago Public Schools Makes Computer Science Core Subject

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett have launched plans to elevate computer science to a core subject in the district. According to information from the mayor’s office, every CPS high school will begin offering a foundational course called “Exploring Computer Science” within the next three years. Exploring Computer Science was originally developed for the Los Angeles Unified School District through a K-12/university partnership and has been available through CPS’s Career and Technical Education program since 2010. In the next five years, the initiative will also introduce an Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science course to at least half of all CPS high schools and offer K-8 computer science courses at one quarter of CPS elementary schools. The district also plans to allow computer science to count as a graduation requirement within five years.

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