Should the Common Core Include Computer Science?

December 11, 2012


In the Classroom, Common Core

Last week, two Google representatives co-authored a piece in the Huffington Post about what they consider to be a “major flaw” in the Common Core State Standards: the lack of computer science content.

Maggie Johnson and Jordan Lloyd  Bookey, Director of Education and University Relations and the Head of K-12 Education, respectively, seek to raise awareness on the issue. They cite the latest employment projections for 2010-2020, which project a 19 percent increase in employment in computer and mathematical occupations—compared to a 14.3 percent average increase for all other growing occupations.

Considering that the CCSS were created to better prepare students for the future, their concern is understandable. While the CCSS does include a “technical subjects” portion, it is part of the English Language Arts & Literacy standards, so the focus is on writing “informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.”

But in a world where technology is so prevalent, is being able to describe a technical process in writing enough?

“This is a serious issue considering the key role computer science and computing plays in our economy, society and our everyday lives,” Johnson and Bookey write.  “Advancing our students’ understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century.”

What do you think, should the CCSS include computer science?  If so, what exactly should these new standards entail?  If not, why?

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All Comments (18)

Mary December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Yes, I believe the Common Core should include computer science. My daughter in is 4th grade and in computer club after school program. They are creating their own websites, using Google sketch up and many more programs. The way technology is advancing so fast, by the time she graduates, I believe that almost every career choice will involve computers. Not to mention, that almost every adult now days has a smart phone or tablet of some kind.


Adithya June 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

Mary, I do highly agree with you. Already, college students carry around a laptop, which they must use very efficiently. At the rate that technology is advancing(it doubles every year; law of technology), by the time we get to college, they may even stop textbooks completely, and you have to read in your laptop/tablet/2 in 1.
Sources: I program application for computers, and the language changes rapidly.
Grade: 6th grade


David December 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

since we are getting closer to the new year, what month will we finally have language arts?


The IXL Blog December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hi, David. We plan to make language arts available next school year.


Anonymous December 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I am a student and I always use IXL. It is GREAT except sometimes i get bored of it.. I think IXL should add some games and activities. That would be awesome! Thanks.


Aaron January 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

They should


Neel January 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I really like IXL! Especially for the skills.


Anonymous January 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I really want computer science.


shouka January 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

They should have computer Science


Erica January 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

I think it is good!!!!!!!


Noah Earley November 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

i didn’t quite understand is that IXL is thinking about adding Science.
if you weren’t thinking that.


The IXL Blog November 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

Hi, Noah. This post was about whether Computer Science should be a part of new standards. As for IXL, we do hope to add more subjects in the future, but we’re currently working very hard on language arts and math!


Noah Earley November 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

it would be awesome if you add that to ixl!!!

My mom would dumbfounded!


Noah Earley December 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

languege arts is awsome!!!!! my moms allredy bought it!


Noah Earley March 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

computer science sound awesome!!! im just learning HTML id be awsome if IXL could add it on :0


Adithya June 30, 2015 at 9:32 am

HTML is not a very hard to learn language. I’m learning c#, and it’s harder than HTML, yet it’s still pretty easy.


Noah Earley March 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

id really be great 🙂


Lucy Laffitte August 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Computer Science is like grammar today. Students need to start it in kindergarten and continue until they can code like breathing!


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