A draft report regarding the future of computer science education in Ohio has been released and is open for public comment. The State Committee on Computer Science, established in the biennium budget bill (HB 110), drafted the report. The Committee is required to submit a final version next month.
A copy of the draft report is linked here. Please complete the public comment survey by August 17th. Survey found here.
Among other recommendations, the document proposes that Ohio:
- Dedicates 1% of K-12 formula funding to computer science-related efforts to grow the teaching workforce, pay for students to attend courses and bolster after-school and summer programs.
- Requires at least one computer science credit for high school graduation, with a goal of the end of the decade.
- Creates a new state office – the Office of Computer Science Education – as an interagency with staff in the governor’s office as well as the Department of Education.
- Creates the "Computer Science Promise" guaranteeing students have access to one course in the subject per grade level, either online or in person, with the state bearing the cost.
- Pays professional development costs and a stipend to encourage more people to become computer science teachers.
- Extends grants, expertise and other resources to districts looking to expand computer science education.
- Publishes and maintains an "online career path exploration tool."
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