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Petitioning Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross and 1 other

Computing is a foundational skill for K-12 students. Please help us make computer science satisfy existing high school graduation requirements for math or science.

Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. Computer science courses should count toward core graduation credits from high school. 

Computer science is also driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, OHIO will need to fill 274,000 STEM-related jobs, and 51 of these jobs will be in computing. (US Innovation OH )

Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s core math or science requirements from high school – they are treated as electives. Given the academic demands, college-bound students cannot a!ord to take computer science as an elective. Further, higher education often does not allow computer science courses to satisfy a math or science entrance requirement. Counting computer science as a math or science credit would not require schools to offer computer science or students to study it; it simply allows existing computer science courses to satisfy a core requirement that already exists.

To learn more about making computer science count, visit http://code.org.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Dr. Richard A. Ross
  • President, State Board of Education
    Debe Terhar


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