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2016 Standards Revision FAQ


CSTA released the first iteration of our K-12 CS Standards in December of 2011. These standards have been instrumental in assisting many schools, school systems, and states in implementing and promoting computer science education in the K-12 classroom.

Standards Revision FAQs

How do I submit feedback on the draft 2016 CSTA K-12 CS Standards?

Many thanks for your interest in and support of the CSTA K-12 CS Standards! The open review period has closed, but we welcome your feedback, anytime. Please complete the contact form below to provide feedback or suggest changes. We depend on our community to help improve resources. 


Why is CSTA revising the standards?

CSTA is committed to ensuring that the Standards remain current, relevant, and useful in the K-12 classroom. Revision is a necessary component of the standards process.


How often are the Standards revised?

The 2016 Interim CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards is the first revision since the Standards were released in 2011 (the process was initiated at the four year mark.) However, CSTA is evaluating more frequent revision processes that allow for ongoing, iterative community engagement and feedback.


What is the revision process?

You can view our 2016 Standards Revision wiki here, which provides a process outline and timeline.

Who serves on the current Standards Revision Task Force?

The task force was formed in the fall of 2015. The task force consists of educators with diversity of experience. Learn more about the 2016 CSTA Standards Revision Task Force here.

Is this the only opportunity I have to review the Standards?

CSTA is committed to an iterative process that allows multiple drafts and revisions before publication. We anticipate future review periods as computer science education evolves.


What is the relationship between the CSTA Standards and the K-12 CS Framework?
The framework provides overarching, high-level guidance per grade bands, while the standards provide detailed student performance expectations at particular grade levels. The framework was considered as an input for the standards development process.

How can the CSTA Standards and the K-12 CS framework be used together to create state standards? 
States may use the framework as an organizing structure or foundation to create their own standards by using or adapting specific examples of standards from CSTA and other states. A state will decide how much of any input they use, and is not necessarily expected to adopt any set of standards as a whole.
States should consider their own factors such as their local economy, history of CS implementation, and education system’s goals.


How were the development processes for the Standards and Framework aligned?
CSTA worked with the K-12 CS Framework project to align the development of the 2016 version of the CSTA Standards to the K-12 CS Framework. As an example, half of the writers of the CSTA Standards were also Framework writers. The K-12 CS Framework will be released in September 2016. The CSTA Standards, released in July 2016 as Interim CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, Revised 2016, used three review drafts of the framework between February and June as some of the many inputs into the development process, and may later be revised to incorporate the final September 2016 version of the K-12 CS Framework to move from an interim to a final release. 

How will the framework and standards continue to be revised for alignment?
The field of CS education is young and the rate of change is fast. There is much research to still be done. Thus, both the framework and CSTA Standards will be living documents. Revisions will be planned and coordinated to continue the alignment between the framework and CSTA Standards.
It is understood that states/districts are all on different cycles for creating/revising standards. The framework and CSTA Standards will be reviewed and updated as necessary so that states undergoing standards creation or revision may use the most updated versions. 


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!

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