Gov. McAuliffe Signs Bill Adding Computer Science to SOL Tests

Gov. McAuliffe taking the bill from the robot

Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that focuses on computer science in Virginia classrooms into law and a robot helped him do it.

A ceremonial bill signing took place at Franklin Military Academy on Monday. The Richmond-area school promotes robotics coursework, and used a robot to deliver House Bill 831 to the governor.

McAuliffe says with this bill, more schools will be encouraged to teach computer science and coding. He says this legislation won’t create new standardized testing, but make sure existing Standards of Learning (SOL) tests include questions about these topics.

“Our students have to learn these computer-adaptive computer science courses, because these are the high paying jobs that exist in Virginia today,” he said.

The governor says there are 30,000 job postings in Virginia for technology positions and 17,000 of these openings deal with cyber security.

McAuliffe recently signed a bill in Northern Virginia that will revamp the public high schools in Virginia.

He says the new system will focus on skills-based training and matching that instruction with entry level jobs in the commonwealth.