HB 2984

Status: Sent to governor
Author: Rep. Steve Allison
Sponsor: Sen. Larry Taylor
Summary: Requires the SBOE to adopt TEKS for K-8 technology applications that include coding, computer programming, computational thinking, and cybersecurity, and to review and revise the TEKS every five years as needed to ensure relevancy and alignment.

Creates the computer science strategic advisory committee to develop and provide recommendations for increasing computer science instruction and participation. Members will be appointed by the governor, lt. governor, speaker, Senate Education Committee chair, Senate Higher Education chair, House Public Education chair, House Higher Education chair, and SBOE. The "big three" appointments should be coordinated to ensure that the appointees include three public school teachers certified in computer science, a parent, a person employed in technology, and a faculty member of an institution for higher education.

The committee must submit a report by September 2020 recommending changes in law to increase the number of certified computer science teachers, increase the number of high schools offering computer science courses, increase the number of high school students enrolled in computer science courses, encourage the enrollment of diverse student populations, and expand computer science learning opportunities, including computer programming, computer coding, cybersecurity, and computational thinking.

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