Computer Science Update

Requirements, Timelines, Funding, & Support

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A Brief Timeline of Computer Science in Iowa

Fall 2020 Computer Science Update Video

Requirements & Timelines

In June 2018, K-12 computer science standards were adopted in Iowa. Instruction addressing these standards has been optional for districts.


In June 2020, the Future Ready Iowa Act (House File 2629) was signed into law and includes REQUIREMENTS and TIMELINES for computer science planning and instruction:

  • By July 1, 2022: All public and non public districts develop & implement a K-12 computer science plan.

  • Starting July 2022: High schools must offer one-half unit of computer science beginning. The course may be offered online.

  • Starting July 2023: Provide computer science instruction aligned to the standards in at least one grade level from 1st to 6th.

  • Starting July 2023: Provide computer science instruction aligned to the standards in at least one grade level from 7th to 8th.

Professional Development Funding Opportunity

On October 12, 2020, the Iowa Department of Education announced the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund (CSPDIF) to support districts with meeting the computer science requirements in the Future Ready Iowa Act.


Applications are now open and will be accepted until Monday, November 9th, 2020.

Grant Wood AEA districts can:


  • Develop and submit their own application for the CSPDIF, and/or
  • Participate in the collaborative grant Grant Wood AEA is developing on behalf of interested districts.


All districts are asked to complete our CS Current State & Grant Application Interest Survey by 3p on October 28th so we can support you with your CS work. You can also click the green buttons to access the survey.


You can learn more about the CSPDIF here.
CS Current State & Grant Application Interest Survey

All districts complete this survey by 3p on 10/28!

GWAEA CSPDIF Application Plan

Support for District Development of Computer Science K-12 Implementation Plan

GWAEA will support district teams with creating their K-12 computer science plan using CSforALL's SCRIPT: the Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool. SCRIPT is a framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a computer science education implementation plan for their students.


You can learn more about this support here.

Support for Understanding the Computer Science Standards

Iowa's Computer Science standards were developed by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). The standards include 5 concept areas and 7 practices.


Districts can use the resources below to explore the standards on their own or choose to utilize the AEA Learning Online self-paced courses.


GWAEA's grant application includes stipends for teacher time to complete the AEA Learning Online CS Standards self-paced courses below and the cost of license renewal credit.

CS Current State & Grant Application Interest Survey

All districts complete this survey by 3p on 10/28!

Supports for High Quality K-12 Computer Science Instruction

GWAEA's grant application includes either sub costs or stipends for teacher time to complete the professional development options below. When available, the cost of license renewal credit is also covered with grant funds.

Computer Science Endorsements

Computer science teaching endorsements are available but not currently required in Iowa.


The Iowa Department of Education has a document that outlines the requirements for a CS teaching endorsement. The Board of Educational Examiners has a computer science endorsement checklist.


The University of Northern Iowa offers a full program for the CS Endorsement. The program is designed for HS CS teachers. It is rigorous and prepares HS teachers with the content knowledge and pedagogy needed to be successful. Please contact Corey Rogers if you'd like information about other endorsement options or programs.

CS Current State & Grant Application Interest Survey

All districts complete this survey by 3p on 10/28!

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