Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance released the 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities. The report describes the policy trends and momentum over the past 12 months and includes an in-depth view of each state’s policy and implementation, as well as data on disparities in access to and participation in computer science.
According to the report, NJ has made great progress but needs to do more in order to ensure access to equitable high-quality CS education for all NJ students:
- New Jersey has adopted six of the nine policies identified by the Code.org Coalition as necessary for equitable K-12 CS education. The steps required to realize three of the six policies adopted: CS teacher certification, establishing preservice programs at NJ colleges and universities, and establishing a dedicated CS Specialist position at the NJDOE have been adopted but their implementation has been delayed due to COVID.
- 67% of NJ high schools teach a CS course where only 47% of high schools teach CS across the United States. A law passed in NJ in 2018 requires that all NJ high schools offer a CS course.
- NJ Hispanic/LatinX students are 1.6 times less likely than their white and Asian peers to attend a school that offers AP CS and 2.3 times less likely to take an AP CS exam when they attend a school that offers it.
- NJ Black students are 1.6 times less likely than their white and Asian peers to attend a school that offers AP CS, and 4 times less likely to take an AP CS exam whey they attend a school that offers it.
You can read the full blog announcement here and access the report here.
The New Jersey State Board approves the 2020 revisions to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in seven subject areas at its June 3, 2020 meeting. The revisions encompass the seven academic standards:
- Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
- World Languages
- Computer Science and Design Thinking
- Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills.
The new Computer Science and Design Thinking standards include a full Computer Science standard aligned to the Computer Science Framework and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards.
View the NJEA article on the standards.
On 11/4/2019, Governor Murphy announced the New Jersey Computer Science State plan. The state plan was developed by the New Jersey Department of Education with input from the NJ Computer Science Advisory Board. It identifies strategic goals and milestones aimed at supporting and sustaining the implementation of coherent, robust, standards-based K to 12 Computer Science programs in the state.
Read the announcement here.
As part of Governor Murphy’s Computer Science Initiative, he recently awarded $2 million in grants to New Jersey High Schools to support their computer science programs. Congrats to all the winners. Keep inspiring students with computer science education!
Read the full article to learn more!
The beginning of October came with some very exciting news when Governor Murphy announced his Computer Science for All initiatives. This means that $2 million dollars in CS grant money will be awarded to 45 schools, the STEM office at the NJDOE now includes Computer Science, the Computer Science Advisory Committee will make recommendations on standards and the state CS action plan, and finally, Governor Murphy is joining GovernorsForCS.
We hope you’re just as excited about this as we are! These important events all contribute towards ensuring that the students of our state will be well prepared for jobs of the future. This is the first time New Jersey funding has specifically targeted Computer Science education! Keep up the good work Governor Murphy!