The Arkansas Computer Science and Cybersecurity Task Focus recommended earlier this month that Arkansas schools add a requirement for a computer science credit to graduate from high school, a move that Fountain Lake’s superintendent says he supports.
“I’m in support of it; we’re currently at the secondary level with our IPT (Integrated Production Technologies) program. We’re providing a framework for that. Our middle school is providing an exploratory class,” Fountain Lake School District Superintendent Michael Murphy said.
“We’re looking to strengthen some of the requirements, specifically providing computer science curriculum, and getting our curriculum more aligned with more of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s expectations,” he said.
Murphy said that the district’s IPT program is guiding exploratory learning around the computer science field.
“I think specifically what the governor is seeking is strengthening students with a really strong background in computer coding and that underlying element of the field as a whole,” he said.
Since it will be a requirement to graduate from high school, Murphy said he wants to review the state’s directives.
“There is going to be an influence in the element of staffing because then (we’re) going to probably have to offer it more periods versus it being offered as an elective,” he said.
Murphy said that he would encourage others to consider the value of an embedded credit — counting the course in the area of math or science — so that a student does not have such a narrow focus.
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