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Florida Board of Education to consider computer science standards

Florida hasn't gone so far as to consider computer coding a foreign language just yet.

But state leaders have advanced to the point where they acknowledged the need for academic standards in teaching computer science. On Friday, the State Board of Education will consider adoption of those standards, which have been a year in the making.

The instruction guidelines, first required by lawmakers in 2014, aim to set age-appropriate benchmarks for students' abilities to use computers in a scientific manner. They start with the kindergarten concepts such as understanding the use of passwords, and go up to high school topics such as evaluating algorithms and designing a program.

Issues such as digital citizenship and net neutrality also are included.

Computers would become Florida's fifth area of science. These standards are not expected to draw controversy in the same way that evolution did eight years ago.

[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2016 1:49pm]


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