Senate Bill 200


  • Gov. Sandoval sitting at table with  Senators woodhouse, denis, ford, spearman, candela, atkinson, cannizzaro, gansert, manendo, parks, ratti and segerblom

Overview

Senate Bill 200 was signed into law on June 15, 2017 by Governor Brian Sandoval. The bill was sponsored by Senators Woodhouse, Denis, Ford, Spearman, Candela, Atkinson, Cannizzaro, Gansert, Manendo, Parks, Ratti and Segerblom.

SB 200 is a ground-breaking piece of legislation that will expand computer science education to ALL students in Nevada.

Here is the breakdown on the key points of SB200:

    Section 2 :

    (Effective July 1, 2022)

    • All public high schools, charter school, and university schools for profoundly gifted students are required to offer a state board approved Computer Science course. This can be an online course offering.
    • These schools must also make efforts to increase enrollment of girls, students with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in the field of computer science as identified by the state board. 

    Section 3 : 

    (Effective July 1, 2018)

    • Before beginning 6th grade, all students are required to receive instruction in computer education and technology as approved by the state board.
    • If state board prescribes a high school computer education and technology course, the state board will prescribe the percentage of instructional time for the course that must be dedicated to computer science and computational thinking. 

    Section 4 :

    (Effective July 1, 2017) 

    • A school must allow a student to count a course in computer science as a 4th year math credit OR a 3rd year science credit (only one credit total) for graduation upon successful completion of an AP Computer Science course, a CTE computer science course, or a CS course offered by an approved community college or university. This is ONLY after the student has successfully completed the required math or science coursework for which an end-of-course exam is prescribed.
    • The Department of Education, in consultation with the STEM Advisory Council (Computer Science sub committee) will review all instruction and make recommendations to the School Board. 4b (Effective July 1, 2018)

    Section 5:

     (Effective July 1, 2018) 

    • Adds computer science and computational thinking to the existing computer education and technology standards
    • Requires Computer Science and Computer Education and Technology professional development 

    Section 6:

    (Effective July 1, 2020) 

    • A Computer Science course (as outlined in Section 3) can count towards college admissions as a 3rd year science or 4th year math (beyond Algebra II) if the state board approves the course. 

    Section 7:

    (Effective July 1, 2017) 

    • Computer science must count as a math OR science credit (only one) towards the requirements for the Millennium Scholarship 

    Section 8: 

    (Effective July 1, 2017)

    • Creation of a computer science sub committee to advise the State Board, Academic Standards Council, Charter Authority, the Commission on Professional Standards, and trustees on computer science curriculum, professional development, and licensing.
    • The department, in consultation with the STEM Advisory Council (CS sub committee), will review each course in computer science submitted to the State Board for approval. 8b (Effective July 1, 2022)
    • Appropriations:
      • Clark County School District
        • Fiscal Year 2017-2018: $700,000 
        • Fiscal Year 2018-2019: $800,000 
         
      •  Washoe County School District
        • Fiscal Year 2017-2018: $100,000
          • Fiscal Year 2018-2019: $200,000 
           
         
      • All other school districts and charter schools to be awarded through a non-competitive application process
        • Fiscal Year 2017-2018: $200,000
        • Fiscal Year 2018-2019: $400,000 
         
      • Funds must be used by September 21, 2018 (FY 17-18) and September 20, 2019 (FY 18-19)