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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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%.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF SCIENCE, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY
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