February 2, 2023

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Florida Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. encourages schools to dedicate one hour during the week to engage in coding activities aligned with Florida's B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics

| 12/5/2022

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has recognized Computer Science Education Week, highlighting Florida’s commitment to providing opportunities for K-12 students to pursue computer science. The weeklong celebration spans December 5-11, and promotes mathematics, STEM and critical thinking skills as the basis for success in computer science education. As a part of the recognition, FDOE is encouraging every Florida school to choose one hour this week for students to engage in coding activities aligned with Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards.

Under Governor DeSantis, Florida has prioritized computer science education for teachers and students. Florida is in its fourth year of the Computer Science Grant Initiative, which provides funding for teacher professional development opportunities related to certification and classroom instruction – including financial bonuses. Approximately $9 million has been allocated each year for districts to train and certify teachers in computer science, and an additional $1 million allocation provides bonuses up to $1,000 for eligible educators teaching certain computer science courses.

“In today’s high-tech world, it’s never too early for our students to learn concepts and develop skills that will allow them to compete in a modern job market,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. “Thank you to Governor Ron DeSantis for continuing to support student achievement in critical areas like mathematics and computer science that help put Florida students on the path to success.”

Florida’s Computer Science Education Week focuses on strengthening students’ background in mathematics, as well as other foundational subjects. Many mathematical concepts, including data tables and lines, are the base of computer scienceâ?¯and can be used as a tool to help model and solve real-world scenarios. Critical thinking, effortful learning, abstract reasoning and logic are also key background areas embedded in Florida’s K-12 Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) that support understanding of computer science.

Throughout the week, educators are encouraged to provide activities for students that involve in-depth mathematical situations to help reinforce the subject in computer science. In addition, FDOE will share classroom resources with school districts and schools that are aligned to Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics.

For more information on Florida’s mathematics academic standards, visit:

Florida K-12 Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards

Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics

For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.

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