Final Days to Complete the AZ Dept of Ed K-12 Computer Science Survey
The Arizona Department of Education will be adopting new Computer Science Standards in 2018, and they are considering public feedback to help guide the development. That’s right, you get to weigh in on K-12 Computer Science education in Arizona!
Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey here to ensure the most comprehensive and computer science standards and curriculum is being taught in our local schools.
Your input will impact both CS standards and curriculum, which are outlined below:
Standards outline what a student needs to know, understand, and be able to do by the end of each grade. Standards build across grade levels in a progression of increasing understanding and through a range of cognitive demand levels. Standards are adopted at the state level by the State Board of Education (A.R.S. §§15-701 and 15-701.01). Arizona retains authority to approve and modify academic standards; there is no federal law requiring the adoption of specific standards.
Curriculum includes all the resources used for teaching and learning the standards (textbooks, reading material, lesson plans). Curriculum is adopted at a local level by districts and schools. Neither the State Board nor the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has the authority to adopt or mandate school curriculum. Under A.R.S. §§15-721 and 15-722, local governing boards (both district and charter) have the sole authority to adopt curriculum via public meetings, allowing for community input regarding what instructional materials are used in classrooms.
You can find more information here.