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Inaugural Virginia Data Science Standards of Learning Accepted by Board of Education


After two years of development, on November 18, 2021, in Richmond, the Virginia Board of Education was presented with the first-ever High School Data Science K-12 Standards of Learning and Data Science Curriculum Framework. Five lead taskforce members, including our own Professor Padmanabhan (Padhu) Seshaiyer as well as others from Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Frederick County Public Schools, and the Virginia Department of Education, were in attendance as key to the process.   

The Board was very pleased with the work and commended GMU and Professor Seshaiyer specifically for their part in the development. They accepted the plan under "first review" and will proceed now to the next steps of public review. As this evolves in the coming months, all high school students in the entire state of VA will have the option to take this new class and will enter college proficient in data science – no matter the particular field of study they choose to pursue.    

The recording of the entire BoE meeting is available at this YouTube link. The specific data science session confirmation is about 25 min long (from 00:59:08 to 01:23:45) YouTube link