The state of Indiana has joined Arkansas and Idaho as one of just 3 states across the country that have adopted all nine of the Code.org Advocacy Coalition’s policies. These policies cement computer science as a fundamental element in the state’s education curriculum!
Leadership under Governor Eric Holcomb, the state legislature, Indiana Department of Education, and CSforIN — a coalition of business, university, and non-profit leaders — have been instrumental in making Indiana a top state nationally for computer science education.
“I’m proud that Indiana is a national leader in computer science education. Every Hoosier student needs an education infused with STEM subjects, critical thinking skills and the intellectual curiosity that prepares them for lifelong learning,” Gov. Holcomb said. “From 2016 to 2017, the number of Hoosiers with a STEM-related bachelor’s degree grew a healthy 8 percent, but we can and must do more.”
Governor Holcomb’s comments come on the heels of a budget proposal that will include $6 million for computer science professional development for teachers, the single best investment states can make in expanding opportunities to students.
In addition to substantial changes to legislation last year, including all schools in the Hoosier state offering computer science by 2021, the Indiana Department of Education has created a comprehensive state plan for computer science, and clarified licensure pathways for teachers to teach the subject in Indiana schools.
“An education built upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is vital for academic success and life beyond high school,” said State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick of Indiana’s achievement. “Today marks a milestone of Indiana’s commitment to STEM education. I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to continuing the journey.”
Code.org congratulates Indiana on this important milestone!