General Assembly: 87 (2017 Regular GA) - Chapter 106 - Computer science education


Published: 2017-04-28

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CHAPTER 106 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

S.F. 274

AN ACT relating to computer science education by providing for education standards by the state board of education, for instructor endorsements and authorizations issued by the board of educational examiners, for establishment of a computer science professional development incentive fund, and for the establishment of a computer science education work group.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a, Code 2017, is amended by adding the following new subparagraph: NEW SUBPARAGRAPH. (4) The rules shall provide for the establishment of high-quality

standards for computer science education taught by elementary, middle, and high schools, in accordance with the goal established under section 284.6A, subsection 1, setting a foundation for personal and professional success in a high-technology, knowledge-based Iowa economy. Such rules shall be applicable only to school districts and accredited nonpublic schools receiving moneys from the computer science professional development incentive fund under section 284.6A, or from other funds administered by the department for the same purposes as specified in section 284.6A, subsection 2.

Sec. 2. Section 272.2, Code 2017, is amended by adding the following new subsection: NEW SUBSECTION. 20. Establish by rule endorsements and authorizations for computer

science instruction, including traditional and nontraditional pathways for obtaining such endorsements or authorizations.

Sec. 3. NEWSECTION. 284.6A Computer science professional development incentive fund — legislative findings. 1. The general assembly finds and declares all of the following: a. That instruction in high-quality computer science for elementary, middle school, and

high school students establishes a foundation for personal and professional success in a high-technology, knowledge-based Iowa economy. b. It is the goal of the general assembly that by July 1, 2019, each accredited high school

offer at least one high-quality computer science course, each accredited middle school offer instruction in exploratory computer science, and each accredited elementary school offer instruction in the basics of computer science. c. It is the intent of the general assembly to appropriate moneys for purposes of the

computer science professional development incentive fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. 2. A computer science professional development incentive fund is established in the state

treasury under the control of the department. The department may accept gifts, grants, bequests, and other private contributions, as well as state or federal moneys, for deposit in the fund. If state, federal, or private moneys deposited in the fund are sufficient, the department may disburse moneys contained in the fund for professional development activities or tuition reimbursement as follows: a. A school district or accredited nonpublic school, or a collaborative of one or more

school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies, may apply to the department, in the manner prescribed by the department, to receive moneys from the fund to provide proven professional development activities for Iowa teachers in the area of computer science education. b. A school district or accredited nonpublic school may apply to the department, in the

manner prescribed by the department, to receive moneys from the fund to provide tuition reimbursement for Iowa teachers seeking endorsements or authorizations for computer science under section 272.2, subsection 20.

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3. Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys in the computer science professional development incentive fund that remain unencumbered or unobligated at the close of the fiscal year shall not revert but shall remain available for expenditure for the purposes designated until the close of the succeeding fiscal year.

Sec. 4. COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WORK GROUP. 1. The director of the department of education shall convene a computer science education

work group to identify and recommend measures for incentivizing school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to meet the following goals by the school year beginning July 1, 2019: a. Offer at least one high-quality computer science course in each high school. b. Offer instruction in exploratory computer science in each middle school. c. Offer instruction in the basics of computer science in each elementary school. 2. The work group shall also develop recommendations that, at a minimum, address or

identify the following: a. How one or more high-quality computer science courses can satisfy high school

graduation requirements for mathematics or science. b. How one or more high-quality computer science courses can be integrated into a career

and technical education pathway. c. Multiple settings for the delivery of high-quality high school computer science courses,

including traditional high school classes, concurrent enrollment classes, and online learning classes that include the opportunity for students to collaborate within a classroom setting. d. Guidelines for creating a kindergarten through grade twelve career pathway in

computer science, with an appropriate scope and sequence for high-quality computer science instruction at each such grade level. e. How the computer science professional development incentive fund established under

section 284.6A, if enacted by this Act, could be used to meet the goals set forth in subsection 1. 3. a. The membership of the work group shall represent kindergarten through grade

twelve school districts and accredited nonpublic schools, higher education, business, labor, and other appropriate stakeholders. b. The membership of the work group shall also include four members of the general

assembly. The legislative members shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the work group, with one member to be appointed by each of the following: the majority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives. 4. The work group shall submit its findings and recommendations, including any proposed

legislation, in a report to the governor, the state board of education, and the general assembly by November 1, 2017.

Sec. 5. DIRECTIVE TO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. The state board of education shall submit a notice of intended action to the administrative rules coordinator and the administrative code editor pursuant to section 17A.4, subsection 1, paragraph “a”, not later than December 13, 2017, for the adoption of rules to implement section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph “a”, subparagraph (4), as enacted in this Act.

Approved April 28, 2017

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