The new Illinois Learning Standards for Computer Science are open for public comment. View them here (Pages 46 - 64), and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 5.
Here at Illinois Digital Education Alliance (IDEA), we are proud to be working with a group of dedicated educators, professionals, and ISBE on the development of the Illinois Learning Standards for Computer Science.
Now, it is your turn to share your thoughts. But before you do, we wanted to provide you with some extra background.
First off, with the passage of House Bill 2170, school districts will be required to ensure that students receive developmentally appropriate opportunities to gain computer literacy skills beginning in elementary school.
The bill reads as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/2-3.185 new)
Sec. 2-3.185. Computer science standards and courses. On on before December 1, 2021, the State Board of Education shall:
(1) develop or adopt rigorous learning standards in the area of computer science; and
(2) analyze and revise, if appropriate, existing course titles dedicated to computer science or develop a short list of existing course titles that are recommended for computer science courses.
Since fall of 2020, IDEA has been a participant in the working group for the development of the Illinois State Goals of Learning for Computer Science (CS) Standards. These standards are a modified version of the K-12 Computer Science Framework.
We are SO excited about the development of these critical standards and the impact it will have on Illinois students. The great news is that Illinois is no stranger to making big strides in computer science and STEM.
In 2017, the state of Illinois was the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the nation, awarding nearly 10 percent of the country’s computer science degrees.
“In 2016, Illinois institutions produced more than 40,000 STEM degrees, and about 50 percent of the degrees were earned by international and immigrant students.” (Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, 2017).
In addition, Illinois has added STEM jobs at a rate that is outpacing the national average with overall computer-related jobs having increased 5 percent annually. These rates are just going to continue to grow and with the adoption of the Illinois Computer Science Standards, we will have an opportunity to give our students the skills they need to be successful in these STEM jobs.
With all this in mind, we invite you to review the Computer Science Standards currently posted for public comment. You can find them here on page 46 - 64).
To provide your feedback, please email ISBE at email@example.com by July 5. Instructions for public comment can be found here.
Your input is invaluable. We highly encourage you to take the time to share your thoughts and help continue to improve Illinois’ computer science standards.
IDEA is already prepping content, programming, and professional learning opportunities to help educators in Illinois integrate these standards into Pre-K-12 classrooms. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information on this programming and future events coming soon!
We look forward to supporting YOU!