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Rector named to State of Iowa Computer Science Work Group

Rector standing on UI Pentacrest upon her Fall 2016 arrival to UIowaCS

"Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on December 3, 2020 the members [including Assistant Professor Kyle Rector]  of a new Computer Science Work Group created by a 2020 state law that for the first time requires Iowa’s 327 school districts and 116 accredited nonpublic schools to offer computer science instruction.

Earlier this year, Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed and the Legislature unanimously passed House File 2629 requiring high schools to offer at least one computer science course by July 1, 2022. Elementary and middle schools must provide computer science instruction in at least one grade level each by July 1, 2023. The bill also calls for the Iowa Department of Education to convene a Computer Science Work Group to make recommendations to strengthen computer science instruction and develop a campaign to promote computer science to K-12 students and families. The work group’s recommendations are due to the General Assembly by July 1, 2021.

'Computer science is no longer an elective course, but a basic skill every student needs to succeed in a technology-driven workplace,' said Gov. Reynolds. 'We have made computer science a priority by adopting state standards and expanding professional development so more educators are better prepared to teach computer science. Now, we have assembled a group of talented stakeholders to help us take that next step to bring computer science to every Iowa classroom.' 'The innovative work some school districts already have done with computer science is a strong foundation to build upon,' said Ann Lebo, Iowa Department of Education director. 'I am eager to increase opportunities for more students and appreciate the Computer Science Work Group’s commitment to our ambitious goal.'" [Gov. Kim Reynolds announces members of new Computer Science Work Group]