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John White's Statement on Draft Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Association for Computing Machinery Statement on
Release of Draft Common Core Standards; Inclusion of Computer Science as Senior-Level Course

Below is a statement from John White, CEO of the Association for Computing Machinery, on the release of the draft Common Core Standards for Mathematics:

"The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the computing community—which includes academics and industry professionals--were pleased to see 'computer science' included as a senior-level high school course for students who meet the 'readiness level' by 11th grade within the latest draft of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

"As the leading organization advancing computing as a science and profession, ACM is acutely aware of the need to expose students—particularly in grades K-12—to robust computer science education. But there are many challenges facing computer science education, and one of the biggest has been finding a place for computer science within the high school curriculum.

"We are heartened by the inclusion of computer science in this draft and encourage the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, and the advisory groups working on these standards to retain that reference in the final version, as well as add a description of what rigorous senior year computer science encompasses.  This description is outlined in the ACM—Computer Science Teachers Association A Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science.

"Given the critical role of computing for our global information society in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century, this inclusion in the draft Common Core Standards is a huge boost for the field and its future."

March 17, 2010

For More Information Contact:
Brittnie Mabry, (212) 260-3401, brittnie.mabry@widmeyer.com  

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