The first national consensus document on U.S. computer science education, the K-12 Computer Science Framework, released Monday (October 17), provides standards on computer science concepts and practices by grade span in the areas of computer science, digital citizenship, and computer literacy, writes Trish Williams, the California State Board of Education's liaison on computer science. Originally initiated by Code.org, the framework was guided by representatives from ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the National Math and Science Initiative, and the Cyber Innovation Center.
Williams says the new framework will help inform U.S. state education boards' curriculum decisions, including an initiative by California to establish computer science content standards. She notes the California Department of Education recently announced three focus groups to solicit input from educators and the public. In addition, Williams says the State Superintendent of Public Instruction has been instructed to convene an advisory panel to develop recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan by July of 2018. The panel will address issues related to finding qualified teachers, defining education principles, ensuring equal access to instruction, and supporting college readiness through a computer science curriculum.
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