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Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction

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Virginia has completed a new set of computer science standards for schools that will shape curricula and what teachers are expected to teach at each grade level.

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Following last year's revisions to required academic standards that made computer science instruction mandatory in Virginia, the state has completed a series of computer science (CS) standards designed to configure the curriculum and what instructors are expected to teach at each grade level.

The standards dictate that computer science in grades K-8 should be addressed within content areas, while CS courses for middle and high schools are designated standalone electives.

The 6th-grade standards stress building programs and using algorithms to perform tasks, and students in that grade starting to understand ways of storing data as representations of real-world phenomena. The accurate use of terminology as well as the responsible use of technology will continue to be built upon, while foundational comprehension of computing and the use of technology will be an essential element of successful acquisition of skills across content areas.

From Education Week
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