Published Online: December 8, 2015
Published in Print: December 9, 2015, as In Ariz. K-8 District, All Grades Learn Computer Programming
Third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. The 5,600-student school system, outside Phoenix, is in its second year of teaching computer coding to students in grades K-8.
—Nick Cote for Education Week
While there’s a growing consensus that K-12 students should learn some computer science, especially given the 1 million computing jobs that are expected to go unfilled by 2020, there’s less agreement on how school districts can make that happen.
The Chicago, New York, and San Francisco districts have committed to teaching computer science to students of all ages, but those systemwide programs are rolling out slowly. New York City, which plans to spend $81 million on the project, has a 10-year implementation timeline, for instance.
But an elementary school district outside Phoenix has already gone full throttle with an essential …