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AB-1539 Content standards: computer science.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Bill No. 1539
CHAPTER 876

An act to add Section 60605.4 to the Education Code, relating to content standards.

[ Approved by Governor  September 30, 2014. Filed with Secretary of State  September 30, 2014. ]

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AB 1539, Hagman. Content standards: computer science.
Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt statewide academically rigorous content standards, pursuant to recommendations of the Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, in core curriculum areas.
This bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission to consider developing and recommending to the state board, on or before July 31, 2019, computer science content standards for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, pursuant to recommendations developed by a group of computer science experts. The bill would require the commission to consider existing computer science content standards, including, but not limited to, national K–12 computer science content standards developed by the Computer Science Teachers Association. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the state board, to consider convening that group of experts and ensure that the group includes individuals from specified groups. The bill would declare that the operation of its provisions is subject to an appropriation being made for these purposes in the annual Budget Act or another statute.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 60605.4 is added to the Education Code, to read:

60605.4.
 (a) On or before July 31, 2019, the Instructional Quality Commission shall consider developing and recommending to the state board computer science content standards for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, pursuant to recommendations developed by a group of computer science experts. The Instructional Quality Commission shall consider existing computer science content standards, which include, but are not limited to, the national K–12 computer science content standards developed by the Computer Science Teachers Association, and consider content standards that include, but are not necessarily limited to, standards for teaching coding. For purposes of this section, “coding” is the process of converting a program design into an accurate and detailed representation of that program in a suitable language.
(b) (1) The Superintendent, in consultation with the state board, shall consider convening the group of experts referenced in subdivision (a), and shall ensure that the members of the group include, but are not necessarily limited to, all of the following:
(A) Teachers who teach computer science, including mathematics and science teachers, in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(B) Schoolsite principals.
(C) School district or county office of education administrators.
(D) University professors.
(E) Representatives of private sector business or industry.
(2) The Superintendent, in consultation with the state board, shall ensure that one-half of the members of the group are teachers as described in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1).
(c) The computer science content standards may be used by school districts to develop computer science programs and course assessments but are not mandatory.
(d) The operation of this section is subject to an appropriation being made for purposes of this section in the annual Budget Act or another statute.