An Open Dialogue Concerning the Stateof Education Policy in Computer Science
School of Informatics
Bloomington, IN 47401
Dept. of Computer Science& Engineering
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Dept. of Teacher EducationUniversity of OregonEugene, OR 97403
firstname.lastname@example.orgJ. Strother Moore
Department of Computer Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
1303 Hammock StreetEugene, OR 97401
The ACM Education Policy Committee is a newly formedcommittee of ACM charged with focusing on public policy issuesin science and math education relevant to computing andcomputer science. The purpose of the Committee is to develop policy positions and educate policy makers – with the goal of improving the opportunities for quality education in computingand computer science. The Education Policy Committee is acommittee of the ACM Executive Committee and is empoweredto speak on behalf of ACM on education policy.From its charter, the Education Policy Committee will:
review issues impacting science and math education systemsfocusing on those issues that are relevant to computingand computer science
review current polices to determine whether they adequatelyserve the computing field, and make recommendations onhow they could be improved
review and comment on proposals before nationalgovernments that impact these issues
provide expert testimony and perspective to policymakers onthe key issues
integrate positions as part of ACM’s overall agendaWith the legislative focus on STEM at the federal level, theabsence of computer science from the acronym is echoed in theomission of the computing discipline from proposals funded.Thus, one focus of this Committee is to determine how to put theC in STEM at the federal level. State departments of
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education have also yet to recognize a nationally basedcurriculum for K-12 computer science education and have failedto establish teacher certification requirements that would ensurethat teachers are adequately prepared to teach computer sciencecourses. Despite CSTA’s efforts to reach out to policy makers atstate and national levels with documents such as the
ACM Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science
The New Educational Imperative
report [1, 2], educational decision makers are stillwoefully unprepared to establish and enforce adequate andeffective policies relating to computer science education.This panel seeks to both inform the SIGCSE community of thegoals and workings of the ACM Education Policy Committee andto build a stronger advocacy presence for computer scienceeducation. We also seek to solicit feedback from this communityon ways to more effectively impact education policy at the federaland state level as it relates to computer science education and howwe can bring computer science to the policy table.
Categories and Subject Descriptors
Computers and Education
]: Computer and InformationScience Education
Design, Standardization, Legal Aspects
Education policy, Teacher certification, STEM, K-12 curriculum
I am the Chair of the Education Policy Committee and my role isto introduce the panelists and moderate the discussion.