Launch + PLTW: Destination Legislation

Does your district need help meeting the newest DESE computer science course requirements? We have great news—Launch PLTW computer science courses are compliant!
By Savannah Waszczuk

Beginning July 1, 2023, state law requires all high schools to offer computer science courses taught by certified teachers using approved content. Course offerings can meet practical art, science or math credit. (See legislation to learn more). And while this is great for our students, there's one big problem many of our state's school districts are facing—they don't have certified teachers to instruct these newly required courses.

The Project Lead the Way curriculum for the Computer Science Essentials course, Project Lead the Way Computer Science Principles course and AP Computer Science A are all compliant with the new DESE computer science requirements," says Launch Assistance Principal Mary Edgerton. “So if a district doesn’t yet have courses that qualify, or if their teachers aren’t qualified to teach it, we can help.”

All students at Launch partner school districts can enroll in Launch Computer Science courses through the district’s Launch partnership. If you need help on enrolling, reach out to the Launch enrollment team at [email protected]. If your district is not yet a Launch partner and you would like information on the process, or you have additional questions related to our Computer Science courses, email Ms. Savannah Waszczuk at [email protected].