Bill Summaries: H78 (2021)

  • Summary date: Feb 23 2021 - View summary

    House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.

    Modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-12, which adds annual computer science reporting to the duties of the State Board of Education (SBE). Now specifies that the SBE is to annually report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Changes the report due date to November 15 (was, September 15). Amends the required data for each item of the report to include (1) statewide data for the current school year, and the four years prior when data is available, to establish trends in computer science instruction, and (2) data for the current school year for each public school unit, disaggregated by school (previously required for each item statewide data for the most recent year available, and the four years of data prior, when available, and data for each local school administrative unit and charter school, when available). Requires the report to indicate when statewide courses and elective computer science or computational thinking courses are offered on a semester basis by public school units.

    Enacts GS 115C-47(65), GS 115C-75.9(o), GS 115C-218.75(i), GS 115C-238.66(17), GS 116-239.8(b)(19), and Section 6(d)(1a) of SL 2018-32, to require local boards of education, innovative schools, charter schools, regional schools, laboratory schools, and renewal school systems to annual report to SBE by September 15 the information required of the new computer science reporting requirement under GS 115C-12.

    Changes the act's long title.

  • Summary date: Feb 11 2021 - View summary

    Amends GS 115C-12 to add annual computer science reporting to the duties of the State Board of Education (SBE) in the general supervision of the public school system. Requires reporting to include (1) the number of teachers employed to teach computational thinking and computer sciences, (2) all computer science and computational thinking courses offered statewide and the number of students enrolled in each, and (3) the numbers of students enrolled in computer science and computational thinking courses by grade level. Further specifies data reporting requirements.