Bill Text: DE HB15 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly | Draft
Bill Title: An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To School Curriculum And Computer Science.
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-2)
Status: (Engrossed) 2017-01-05 - Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House [HB15 Detail]
Rep. Heffernan & Sen. McDowell & Rep. K. Williams
Reps. Bentz, Bolden, Hudson, Jaques, Keeley, Mitchell, Osienski, Paradee, B. Short; Sen. Simpson, Walsh
DELAWARE STATE HOUSE
149th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 15
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND COMPUTER SCIENCE.
WHEREAS, students in Delaware would benefit from taking computer science courses in high school; and
WHEREAS, high school students who are exposed to computer science and coding courses in high school are more likely to take such courses in college; and
WHEREAS, more high school students would take computer science and coding courses if they fulfilled a graduation requirement in mathematics;
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
§ 4138. Computer Science.
(a) By the 2020-2021 school year, all public high schools, including charter schools, shall offer at least 1 computer science course. The Department of Education is directed to develop standards for computer science and seek approval of the State Board of Education of such standards no later than December 31, 2017.
(b) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the requirements to receive a State of Delaware diploma, pursuant to § 122(b)(3) of this title, shall permit an Advanced Placement, Honors, College Prep or Integrated computer science course, meeting the computer science and mathematics standards, to be used to satisfy a mathematics graduation credit requirement with the exception of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or the equivalent courses. Guidelines addressing the standards and content requirements for courses that satisfy the graduation requirements shall be developed by the Department, with the assent of the State Board of Education.
This bill creates a requirement that all public high schools, including charter schools, shall offer at least one computer science course at the high school level by the 2020-2021 school year. Also, this bill creates a requirement that, by the 2018-2019 school year, a computer science course may satisfy one year of the total credit requirement in mathematics, excluding Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II or the equivalent courses. The State Board of Education shall develop guidelines addressing how computer science courses can satisfy graduation requirements.