Arkansas Department of Education #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest

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Memo Number
COM-17-009
Memo Date
8/10/2016
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Central Administration
Regulatory Authority
Response Required
NO
Attention
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals; Technology Coordinator; Test Coordinator; General Business Manager; Teachers

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Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to announce the #ARKidsCanCode Computer Science Enrollment Contest for the 2016-2017 school year.


Arkansas will honor schools for their outstanding effort to promote computer science education this coming school year.

  •  Two* schools with the largest number of students enrolled in computer science courses for 2016-17 will be recognized by the governor.
  •  Two* additional schools with the largest percentage of students enrolled in computer science courses, as compared to total school enrollment, will be recognized by the governor.
  •  *One school with at least 1,000 students and one school with fewer than 1,000 students will be recognized in each category.

In addition, one school will be selected via drawing to win a technology prize package**. Entries into the drawing are earned through the following:

  • Total Enrollment Percentages in Baseline CS Courses
    •  Schools with CS student enrollment percentages (based on total student population):
      •  greater than or equal to 7.5% and less than or equal to 10%, will receive 1 entry;
      •  greater than 10% and less than or equal to 15%, will receive 2 entries;
      •  greater than 15% and less than or equal to 20%, will receive 3 entries;
      •  greater than 20% and less than or equal to 25%, will receive 4 entries;
      •  greater than 25% and less than or equal to 30%, will receive 5 entries; and
      •  greater than 30%, will receive 6 entries.
  • Growth in Enrollment Percentages in Baseline CS Courses
    •  Schools with CS student enrollment percentage growth (based on percentage increase from 2015-16 to 2016-17):
      •  greater than or equal to 7.5% and less than or equal to 10%, will receive 1 entry;
      •  greater than 10% and less than or equal to 15%, will receive 2 entries;
      •  greater than 15% and less than or equal to 20%, will receive 3 entries;
      •  greater than 20% and less than or equal to 25%, will receive 4 entries;
      •  greater than 25% and less than or equal to 30%, will receive 5 entries; and
      •  greater than 30%, will receive 6 entries.
  • Number of Courses with Students Enrolled
    •  one CS course as required by Act 187 with students enrolled - 1 entry
    •  for each additional computer science baseline course with students enrolled - 2 entries

  • Number of Teachers with CS Endorsement
    •  for each teacher on staff with a CS endorsement - 4 entries

  • Public Hour of Code (or similar CS) Event During Computer Science Education Week
    •  The school hosts an Code.org Hour of Code (or similar CS event) event during the Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11) and documents one or more of the following:
      •  greater than 90% students participation - 2 entries
      •  greater than 80% staff (certified and classified) participation - 2 entries
      •  an evening event open to parents and community members - 2 entries
  • Promotion
    •  Plays the Governor’s #ARKidsCanCode video during a school wide opening assembly or over a school wide video system - 2 entries
    •  Plays any other CS promotional video during a school wide opening assembly or over a school wide video system - 1 entry (maximum of 10 entries under this category)
    •  Sends documentation home to parents informing them about the CS initiative with student handbooks or other first of year information - 2 entries

 

Enrollment calculations/counts will be based on fall 2016 Cycle 2 enrollment numbers in the baseline courses which include the following:

  •  Essentials of Computer Programming
  •  Computer Science with Mathematics
  •  Computer Science and Software Engineering (PLTW)
  •  AP Computer Science A
  •  AP Computer Science Principles
  •  IB Computer Science
  •  Intro to Mobile Application Development
  •  Mobile Application Development I
  •  Mobile Application Development II
  •  Programming I
  •  Programming II
  •  Java I
  •  Java II
  •  ACE Approved Intro to Object Oriented Programming
  •  Computer Game Design and Development

 

**To be eligible for the technology prize package, schools must have at least one student enrolled in a computer science baseline course.

Schools should retain documentation of all events/categories for which they want entries.

A subsequent commissioner’s memo will be posted in late November with information on the specific drawing date/location, technology prize package, and how properly to submit documentation to the Arkansas Department of Education. Documentation should not be submitted to ADE until requested via this subsequent commissioner’s memo.

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