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GaDOE announces $500,000 for middle-school computer coding, new middle-school coding courses

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June 27, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Education will provide $500,000 to help 17 school districts implement middle-school computer coding programs, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.

The funds, approved by the State Board of Education based on Superintendent Woods’ recommendation, will specifically target middle schools in rural, underserved, or high-poverty school clusters. Each grant includes funding for equipment, training, curriculum, and teacher professional development.

“Georgia students need to graduate ready for 21st-century careers – we can’t be complacent and rely on the way we’ve always done things, and we can’t wait until high school to start preparing our kids,” Superintendent Woods said. “Coding and computer science is a piece of that puzzle. This funding and these new courses for middle-school computer coding are part of the broader work we’re doing at the Department to expand opportunities for students in Georgia’s public schools.”

The awarded districts are:

  • Appling County
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Ben Hill County
  • Savannah-Chatham County
  • Dougherty County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Jackson County
  • Jasper County
  • Jefferson County
  • Liberty County
  • Muscogee County
  • Griffin-Spalding County
  • Taliaferro County
  • Thomas County
  • Warren County
  • Wheeler County
  • Whitfield County

The grant is part of CS4GA, the Georgia Department of Education’s initiative focused on making Georgia a national leader in the computer science movement by developing and delivering high-quality courses, resources and professional learning; increasing the number of CS endorsements held by educators; and expanding the integration of CS throughout the K-12 curriculum.

Every Georgia school district was eligible to apply for up to four school-based grants. Funding recipients whose applications met the requirements were selected through a competitive award process.

Superintendent Woods also announced today that all Georgia schools will have access to three new middle school computer science courses. Based on his recommendation, the State Board of Education approved standards for Foundations of Secure Information Systems, Foundations of Computer Programming, and Foundations of Interactive Design.

The course standards were developed based on public feedback, including opportunities for public comment and participation from educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and advocates.

Knowing that computer science provides foundational knowledge and skills that benefit every child, the Georgia Department of Education is working to expand CS learning throughout the K-12 educational system.


More Information – Computer Science Grants:

District Allocations

Board Item

More Information – Computer Science Courses:

Board Item

Standards – Foundations of Computer Programming

Standards – Foundations of Secure Information Systems

Standards – Foundations of Interactive Design