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Computer Science Left out of National Academies Report

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Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Mark Guzdial

A committee of the National Research Council has released a draft framework for what all K-12 students are supposed to learn about science, engineering, and technology, updating a more than 10-year-old set of standards. "The framework developed by the committee will identify and articulate the core ideas in science in the disciplines of life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering and technology, cross cutting ideas and scientific practices."

Despite a goal that the framework addresses "engineering and technology," the phrase "computer science" appears nowhere in the framework.  It is likely that the standards resulting from this process will also stand for 10 years or more. 
The ACM is preparing an organizational response.  Individuals and departments are also welcome to respond.  However, the deadline is short--COMMENTS ARE DUE AUGUST 2.
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