Requires a review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to incorporate computer science standards

NJEA supports S-2032 (Codey, Turner, Riley, Diegnan, Fuentes, Eustace).  This legislation would require the Department of Education to conduct a review of the Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure that they incorporate modern computer science standards where appropriate. 
We recognize that our students need access to quality computer science courses that will build a strong foundation of the skills they will need to compete in the workforce.  The prediction from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, that by the year 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in computing and information technology in the United States, is one that our association takes very seriously. 
New Jersey is currently undergoing many changes in curriculum and instruction that may provide an opportunity for the inclusion of computer science principles. Recently, the Department of Education introduced the core curriculum content standards for the Next Generation of Science Standards, as well as revisions to Technology Standards.  Incorporating requirements for computer science into these standards will benefit students and also address staffing concerns NJEA raised in order for this curriculum to be achievable and successful.  For example:

    • New Jersey does not offer a computer science teacher certification.
    • Currently, Math, Education Technology, or Business/Library Media Center teachers provide the instruction for many of these courses.  While they may have some background with computer coding, many are not specifically trained in the discipline of computer science.
      • Incorporating computer science guidelines into these subject areas will expose students to computer science fundamentals while also giving school districts time to phase in more intense computer science courses.

Computer science and computational thinking are critical skills our students will need as they prepare to enter the workforce and that is why NJEA urges you to vote YES on S-2032.