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CSTA has created and published national K-12 CS standards of computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses.
- The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and were based on the 2003 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Model Curriculum.
2017 Standards Revision
The standards were scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016. The task force was formed during August-September 2015 and additional members added in September 2016. The task force consists of Educators with diversity of experience.
- Four K - 5 classroom CS educators (one of whom is a grade level lead)
- Four 6 - 8 classroom CS educators (one of whom is a grade level lead)
- Three 9 - 12 classroom CS educators (one of whom is a grade level lead)
- One community college CS educator (who is working with the 9-12 grade level team)
- One university CS educator (who is working with the 9-12 grade level team)
- One district-level CS educator (co-chair with K -12 expertise)
- One state-level CS educator (co-chair with 6 - 12 expertise)
- Two CSTA Staff (Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager)
The Revision Process
- Conduct a gap analysis between the CSTA K-12 CS Standards and the Framework’s concepts/practices
- Evaluate and update 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards
- Consider new standards in areas not included in 2011
- Respond to/incorporate feedback on 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards
- Check for alignment with K-12 CS Framework statements
- Purposefully use language in the standards that reflects the language used in the K-12 CS Framework.
- Develop standards that are measureable and provide a clear progression from kindergarten through 12th grade in the concepts and subconcepts of the framework.
Standards Revision Inputs
- 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards
- Feedback on 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards
- K-12 CS Framework (draft concepts and practices)
- Achieves input on writing quality standards
- Other national standards: e.g., UK - CAS
- State standards: AR, FL, MA, MD, WA, etc.
- 2013 Association for Computing Machinery CS Curricula (Higher Ed)
- Other standards: Common Core Math and Science, ISTE, etc.
Public Review Periods
- CSTA held an informal public review period in September 2015. The Standards Revision Task Force used the feedback from this initial view as a starting point during their first writers' meeting in December 2015.
- CSTA held a more formal public review period between February 16 and March 3, 2016. The feedback was collected and presented to the task force members during a second writers' meeting in March 2016.
- Task force members met the first week of March to evaluate all feedback.
- A third review period was held April 6-20, 2016. This review was extended through May 4, 2016.
- CSTA released the 2016 Interim CSTA K-12 CS Standards at the 2016 CSTA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, July 10-12.
- Standards revision task force members met virtually throughout the fall of 2016 to review the alignment of the standards with the K-12 CS Framework, making revisions as needed.
- The task force members met in person January 2017 to continue refinement of the standards and focus on the language to ensure close alignment with the K-12 CS Framework.
- The task force members met in person March 2017 to continue revisions, focusing on the clear progression of standards in each concept area from kindergarten through 12th grade.
- The task force members continued to refine the standards via virtual meetings throughout the spring of 2017.
- In April and May 0f 2017, the 2017 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards were shared with ten states and school districts who were developing their own standards. The standards were also shared with curriculum providers and other partners who were aligning their curriculum to the standards.
- The Standards Revision task force is currently evaluating next steps.
General Inquiry Feedback Form
CSTA welcomes your questions, as well as any feedback about how to improve the K-12 CS Standards or the revision process. Thank you for your valuable time!