Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Select Computer Science and Computing Year 1 Courses Approved to Be Taught to 8th Grade Students

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce that on March 11, 2021, the Arkansas State Board of Education provided approval for any Arkansas Public School District to provide instruction and high school credit to 8th graders for the following Arkansas Computer Science and Computing courses:


  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning - Year 1 (465410)

  • Computer Engineering - Year 1 (465470)

  • Cyber Security - Year 1 (465270)

  • Data Science - Year 1 (465710)

  • Game Development and Design - Year 1 (465670)

  • Mobile Application Development - Year 1 (465370)

  • Networking - Year 1 (465170)

  • Programming - Year 1 (465070)

  • Robotics - Year 1 (465570)


The approved grades in which each of these courses may be taught for high school credit will be grades 8-12 instead of grades 9-12, beginning July 1, 2021.


Schools may teach these courses to students in Grade 8 without submitting an approval request through the ADE Course Approval System.


Licensure requirements will remain the same, regardless of the grades in which the courses are offered.

This approval shall remain in effect until June 30, 2025, which is when the current Computer Science and Computing standards are set to expire.



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