[Curriculum Directors] FW: Digital Literacy/Computer Technology

Suddreth, Diana Diana.Suddreth at schools.utah.gov
Mon Mar 28 16:42:32 MDT 2016

Please see the important information regarding Computer Technology from Thalea Longhurst below.

Diana Suddreth, Director of Teaching and Learning
Utah State Office of Education
President, Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics
250 E. 500 S.
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>

Computer Technology will be moved to the 8th grade... this decision was made at the Utah State Board of Education March 2016 meeting. Please read the announcement below:

Districts, Charters to Move Computer Technology Course to Eighth Grade

Utah currently requires students complete a half-year credit of computer technology sometime between 9th and 12th grades. Following a review of the Board's Digital Literacy report, the Board voted to require districts and charter school move that course requirement to eighth grade by no later than fiscal year 2019.

The current 0.5 Educational Technology credit in the 9th - 12th grade will also remain, now to be called Digital Studies. The Digital Studies course options will be determined and announced in the coming months. The Computer Technology course will remain active until fiscal year 2019, then it will be moved to an inactive status. For LEAs that have already implemented the 8th grade Digital Literacy course, this will currently count and students can then take a course from the approved list. This will insure a smooth transition for those LEAs that have currently adopted the Digital Literacy course currently.

The current test out option for Computer Technology 9-12th grade, Certiport's IC3 GS4<http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?page=common/pagelibrary/IC3_Certifications_GS4.html>, will move to the 8th grade test out option for Digital Literacy.

Keyboarding in the elementary level was also discussed, but requirements and expectations will remain the same until future notice.

We appreciate your patience and willingness to move the pendulum in the right direction. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Thalea Longhurst or Laura deShazo.

Thalea Longhurst
CTE Director
801-538-7889 | thalea.longhurst at schools.utah.gov<mailto:thalea.longhurst at schools.utah.gov>

Laura deShazo
Business & Marketing Education Specialist
801-538-7572 | laura.deshazo at schools.utah.gov<mailto:laura.deshazo at schools.utah.gov>

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