Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Patrick Diegnan placing a greater emphasis on the importance of computer science in high school education was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
“The value of advanced computer science training at an early age cannot be underestimated,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “It’s a pathway to success in life that should be nurtured as an area of critical importance within our curriculum.”
Under the bill (A-2597), school districts throughout New Jersey would be required to permit an Advanced Placement (AP) computer science course to satisfy a part of either the mathematics or science credit requirements for high school graduation beginning with the 2014-2015 grade nine class.
“Without question, computer science is an integral part of the education curriculum these days,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “A vast majority of higher paying jobs these days are in computer-related fields, underscoring the need for us to prioritize computer training in high school.”
In order for the student to use the course to satisfy a part of the mathematics credit requirement, however, the student must be concurrently enrolled in or have successfully completed algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent.
For an AP computer science course to satisfy a part of the science credit requirement, the student must be concurrently enrolled in or have successfully completed five credits in laboratory biology or life science or the content equivalent and an additional laboratory or inquiry-based science course, which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics.
The measure was approved by the Assembly Education Committee and now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.