January 23, 2014: Chicago Public Schools to add computer science as core subject

UIC faculty member Dale Reed is part of the team that led to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announcing the most comprehensive K-12 computer science education plan in a major school district. The plan will expand student access to computer science literacy over the next 5 years. In the next three years every Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school will offer a foundational ?Exploring Computer Science? course, and in the next 5 years at least half of all high schools will also offer the new AP Computer Science Principles course. Within 5 years CPS will allow computer science to count as a graduation requirement, with Illinois joining the 13 other states who have elevated computer science to a core subject instead of an elective. (See http://bit.ly/csincpspress for the press release and video.)

This movement in Chicago started back in 2008 when a Chicago chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) was formed, connecting members from Chicago area high schools and universities. Partnering with DePaul, Loyola and CPS, An NSF grant called Taste of Computing has taken the successful systemic rollout in Los Angeles of engaging high school curriculum called Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and replicated it here in Chicago. Now partnering with Code.org, ECS will be rolled out in 9 sites across the country.

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