CSTA Releases Revised Standards
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Posted by: Chris Crucetti
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) released its revised K-12 educational computer science standards. The standards delineate a core set of learning objectives designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level.
“The 2016 computer science standards are an update on the prior iteration and draw from the best current information on computer science teaching and learning. Standards inform the creation of courses, lesson plans, and assessments to enhance the quality and consistency of student experiences,” said CSTA Executive Director Mark Nelson.
The revised standards introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students and encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses. They also allow interested students to study facets of computer science in depth and increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students.
Tammy Pirmann, Co-Chair of the CSTA Standards Revision Task Force, said “CS teachers use the standards to plan the overall scope of the curriculum, create lessons and learning activities that are standards-based and develop appropriate assessment items for their students.”
Implementing these standards will outline a curriculum for grades K-12 and help integrate computer science programs in schools. The standards will prepare students for the computer science workforce.
"Standards-based education is becoming the norm in K-12 CS education. CS educators, as well as district and state curriculum coordinators, rely on the CSTA standards and the clear student learning objectives to help them establish their own relevant and up-to-date computer science courses and pathways," said Deborah Seehorn, Co-Chair of the CSTA Standards Revision Task Force.
For more information, visit www.csteachers.org/page/CSTA_Standards.
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About The Computer Science Teachers Association
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. The Association of Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.