Kansas approves CompSci for math, science credits
First row: Nick Poels, NetWork Kansas; Katie Hendrickson, Code.org; Martha McCabe, KC STEM Alliance; Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Southwest 2020/WSU graduate. Back row: Ashley Scheideman, Flagship Kansas.Tech; Emily Meyer, Science City; Stephen King, Kansas Department of Education.
Computer science can now be counted as a core math or science credit toward high school graduation. Before the Kansas State Board of Education's June 8 decision, Kansas was one of only two states that counted computer science courses as an elective, but not as a core math, science or other core discipline credit. Now local school boards can substitute one unit of computer science for either one unit of science or math as long as the student meets the math and science concepts required in regulations and the school district allows it.
This decision comes at the same time as the KC Tech Council released its KC Tech Specs V4, a comprehensive report on the impact and progress of the technology industry in Kansas City. The report underscored the continuing need for computer science education as Kansas City’s tech industry ranked third in the nation, behind only San Francisco and Austin in percentage of tech job gains in 2020, with nearly 103,000 jobs. The report is available in its entirety at KCTechSpecs.com.