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SF0029:  Education-computer science and computational thinking passed and the Speaker has signed. 

Click here to read Senate Enrolled Act #0048.

 
  Sparky Turner, Senior Grants Program Officer for the Daniels Fund, and UW Trustee John McKinley at the Wyoming Excels/UW Trustees Initiative Legislative Luncheon

Sparky Turner, Senior Grants Program Officer for the Daniels Fund, and UW Trustee John McKinley at the Wyoming Excels/UW Trustees Initiative Legislative Luncheon

  On January 24, 2018, Wyoming Excels visited Sheridan to learn about the Improving Wyoming Schools Initiative.  Excels got to observe the Professional Learning Centers framework and Principal Academy model.

On January 24, 2018, Wyoming Excels visited Sheridan to learn about the Improving Wyoming Schools Initiative.  Excels got to observe the Professional Learning Centers framework and Principal Academy model.

  On January 22, 2018, Wyoming Excels hosted its first business meeting in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Over 30 people from the business and education communities were in attendance. 

On January 22, 2018, Wyoming Excels hosted its first business meeting in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Over 30 people from the business and education communities were in attendance. 

  On December 5, 2017, Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation declaring December 4-10 as Computer Science Education Week in Wyoming.

On December 5, 2017, Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation declaring December 4-10 as Computer Science Education Week in Wyoming.

 

SEA#0048: Education - Computer Science & Computational Thinking Highlights

  • Computer science is now listed in the common core of knowledge, which will required to be taught by all K-12 schools no later than 2022-2023 school year.
  • Computational thinking is now listed in common core of skills, which will require school districts to integrate computational thinking into K-12 courses.
  • The State Board of Education must promulgate computer science content standards.
  • Students may count computer science toward one year of their science graduation requirements.
  • Students may count computer science toward one year of math or science for the state scholarship requirements (Hathaway Scholarship Program).
  • The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is required to conduct a study to determine what it will cost for all school districts to offer computer science.
  • The WDE is required to work with the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) to continue to work on computer science endorsements for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

Students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times likelier to drop out of high school (Annie E. Casey Foundation) and two out of three students who don’t read proficiently by fourth grade are likely to end up in jail or on welfare (Literacy Inc.). 


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