Computer science instead of Algebra II?
Ohio students will be able to take advanced computer science instead of Algebra II under a new law, reports Leo Versel in Education Week. Math educators are dubious.
Students will be warned that some colleges and universities require Algebra II.
In 2016, 28 states let computer science count as a math or science credit.
Advocates believe teaching computer science and coding will prepare students “to compete in a tech-based economy,” writes Versel. Critics say there’s no evidence K-12 computer classes “connect with workforce skills.”
Virginia is the first state to require computer science in high school. The state board of education made the decision in November.