SENATE, No. 2485
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Senator PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Assemblywoman PATRICIA EGAN JONES
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblywoman GABRIELA M. MOSQUERA
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblyman RAJ MUKHERJI
District 33 (Hudson)
Assemblymen Gusciora, Johnson, Assemblywoman McKnight, Assemblyman Lagana and Assemblywoman Jimenez
Requires school districts to offer course in computer science and DOE to adopt changes to NJ Student Learning Standards in computer science.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As amended by the Senate on June 26, 2017.
An Act concerning 2[high school graduation requirements] computer science education2 and supplementing chapter 2[7C] 352 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. No later than the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, each public school enrolling students in grades nine through 12 1, other than a county vocational school district,1 shall offer a course in computer science. The course shall include, but need not be limited to, instruction in computational thinking, computer programming, the appropriate use of the Internet and development of Internet web pages, data security and the prevention of data breaches, ethical matters in computer science, and the global impact of advancements in computer science. 2The course shall be informed by the review undertaken by the Department of Education pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2015, c.229.2
b. Beginning with the 2022-2023 2[grade nine class] school year2, the State Board of Education shall 2[require each student to complete a course in computer science that includes instruction in the various areas specified in subsection a. of this section as part of the high school graduation requirements. 1In the case of a student enrolled in a county vocational school district, instruction in a career-specific application that is delivered as part of an approved career and technical education program shall satisfy this requirement.1] adopt any appropriate changes to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and graduation requirements based upon the review undertaken by the Department of Education pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2015, c.229.2
2. This act shall take effect immediately.