Arkansas Department of Education #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Memo Number
COM-19-038
Memo Date
9/25/2018
Memo Type
Informational
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Central Administration
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Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to announce the #ARKidsCanCode / #CSforAR Computer Science Enrollment Contest for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 will each be recognized by the Governor and receive a $5,000.00 technology award.
  • Two* schools with the largest percentage of students enrolled in computer science courses, as compared to total school enrollment, will each be recognized by the Governor and receive a $5,000.00 technology award.
  • Two* schools with the largest percentage increase of students enrolled in computer science courses in 2018-19, as compared to computer science course enrollment in 2017-18, will each be recognized by the Governor and receive a $5,000.00 technology award.

*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 $5,000.00 technology award**. Entries into the drawing are earned through the following:

  • Total Enrollment Percentages in ADE/ARCareerEd Approved Computer Science 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 2017-2018 to 2018-2019:
  • 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.
  • Total Female Enrollment Percentage in ADE/ARCareerEd Approved Computer Science Courses
  • Schools with Female 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.
  • 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 528 CS Endorsement
  • for each teacher on staff with a 528 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, Family Code Night, or similar CS event event during the Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10) 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 Coding in Arkansas video (https://youtu.be/WVCOM9Ih_Jk) during a school wide opening assembly or over a school wide video system - 2 entries
  • Plays the Governor’s #ARKidsCanCode video (https://youtu.be/_HnbOhgHU-E) 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 2018 Cycle 2 enrollment numbers in the ADE/ARCareerEd approved computer science courses which include the following:

  • Computer Science with Programming/ Coding Emphasis
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Advanced Programming: Game Design
  • Computer Science with Networking/ Hardware Emphasis
  • Robotics
  • Advanced Networking
  • Computer Science with Information Security Emphasis
  • Advanced Information Security
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science SL
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science HL
  • Computer Science Independent Study
  • Computer Science Internship
  • ADE Approved Concurrent Credit Computer Science
  • ADE Approved Weighted Concurrent Credit Computer Science

**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.

Schools wanting to enter the contest must complete the form found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJWXNBK by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. Schools are asked to complete only one form for each building/Local Education Authority (LEA) that wishes to enter. Student enrollment numbers should only be reflected for the building/LEA in which the students are taking the course.


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