The Nevada Department of Education Celebrates Computer Science Education Week and Nevada’s National Leadership in Computer Science Education

December 07, 2021

CARSON CITY, Nev. – This week, December 6-10, 2021, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE or Department) celebrates Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week). Proclaimed by Governor Steve Sisolak, CSEd Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, educators, and partners to the field.

In recognition of this week, NDE celebrates Nevada’s status as a national leader in computer science education, based on the 2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy report released in November by Code.org. The report is published annually and provides the most comprehensive analysis of national progress in computer science education, featuring national and state-level policy and implementation data focusing on equity and diversity.

Highlights from the 2021 State of Computer Science Education report include:  

  • Nevada is one of only three states with a high school graduation requirement in computer science.
  • Nevada is one of only six states to adopt all nine policies recommended by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition to support computer science education.
  • 83% of public high schools in Nevada taught a foundational computer science course in 2020-21, compared to 77% the previous year. 
  • Nevada is ranked as one of the top five states in the nation for the percentage of high schools offering computer science,
  • 95% of Nevada’s students attend a public high school that offers a foundational computer science course.    

“In order to set Nevada’s students up for present and future success, it is imperative that we deliver effective and equitable computer science education Statewide,” said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I am filled with pride at Nevada’s continued leadership in this space, and want to thank the educators, students, parents, partners, and leaders including the entire State Board of Education and specifically Vice President Mark Newburn for this achievement. Each and every one of our students deserve equitable access to a high-quality, engaging, and rigorous computer science and integrated technology education, and we will continue to build on this work and momentum.”

“Nevada remains a national leader in computer science education, and I commend the Nevada Department of Education, Office of Science and Technology, and other Statewide organizations and agencies that have contributed to this accomplishment, said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Prioritizing computer science education is vital to the future of Nevada’s economy, as well as our students’ future success in the workforce. Career opportunities in computing and technology continue to become rapidly available throughout Nevada, and I am confident that today’s students will go on to fill the more than 4,030 open computing jobs in our State.”

The 2021 State of Computer Science Education Report indicates that 83% of Nevada’s high schools taught a foundational computer science course in 2020-21. Senate Bill 200 (2017) requires all Nevada high schools to offer a computer science course by 2022, which will increase this percentage to 100%.

NDE’s Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils includes a commitment to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. Success in achieving this goal will be measured by an increase in female students and students from under-represented groups earning STEM and STEAM (STEM + Arts) seals on their diplomas.

In tandem with NDE’s work to deliver computer science education equitably and effectively, the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (OSIT) offers several resources to support computer science education in Nevada, including the Governor's STEM School Designation, the STEM Leadership Academy and grants for K-5 STEM Classrooms and Programs. OSIT’s STEM Hub website also hosts several NDE “CS for NV” resources. OSIT has also developed a robust State Broadband Connectivity Strategy to ensure infrastructure growth in a way that supports technological advancements Statewide.

“In today’s world, technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and drive the growth of Nevada’s economy,” said Brian Mitchell, Director of OSIT. “By focusing on computer science in tandem with the infrastructure and broadband supports which will be implemented on a national level, Nevada can successfully continue to move ahead into technology and innovation.”

The theme of the 2021 Computer Science Education Week is #CSEverywhere. Educators, students, and families can visit CSEdWeek.org for activities and ideas to participate, including a virtual National Family Code Night and Hour of Code.

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ABOUT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada’s 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advance educational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NDE oversees all pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under the leadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and 30,000 educators.

ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF SCIENCE, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY

The Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) was created in 2015 as Nevada’s “people strategy” to support Nevada’s economic development strategy. The office works to increase the number and quality of STEM offerings in Nevada, including schools, credentialing programs, and community-based programs. OSIT’s vision is a pathway to success for every Nevadan.