In Nevada, our state academic standards describe what we as a state believe every student should know or be able to do by the time they exit the K-12 education system. Collectively, our state standards define what Nevada believes to be a well-rounded education.
State officials evaluated our current offering, the numerous unfilled jobs in computing in our state, and noted the lack of computer science education available for all Nevada students, in all corners of the state. Without a basic computer science education in this 21st century, our students were not being served with a well-rounded education that would prepare them for life after high school. A plan was put in place to rectify this inequitable situation.
The Nevada Department of Education assembled a writing team of district leaders, educators (K-12 and higher education), parents, business, and our CS subcommittee members from all across the state who wrote these ground-breaking standards for K-12 computer science education. A list of these outstanding individuals can be found in the Introductory section of the standards document.
In addition, the K-12 Computer Science Standards include connections at each grade level (K-5) or grade band (6-8 and 9-12) to other Nevada Academic Content Standards to assist districts and teachers in cross-curricular adaptation. These standards are meant to be integrated in the existing curriculum, just as computer science is integrated in just about everything we do in today’s world.
Please register on the STEMHub website to receive up to date information and support for Nevada’s Computer Science and STEM initiatives – stemhub.nv.gov/csfornv. We have many resources available for all stakeholders including our continuing “Byte-Size Seminar Series” of trainings to help administrators, district leads, and teachers unwrap the standards, explore curriculum options, and discuss CS statewide initiatives.