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North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity


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Bismarck High School student Jacob Livingston, one of five student interns in the school's Tech Daemons Help Desk program, salvages parts from a used laptop.

North Dakota is looking to make computer science and cybersecurity courses accessible to all students across the state.

Credit: Mike McCleary/The Associated Press

North Dakota wants to provide statewide student access to computer science (CS) and cybersecurity courses.

Educators have completed a final draft of K-12 CS cybersecurity standards, which should be enacted in the fall, following approval by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler; this will make North Dakota the first U.S. state to incorporate cybersecurity into those standards.

Although the Code.org Advocacy Coalition and the Computer Science Teachers Association last year reported 22 states have adopted such standards, Baesler said North Dakota will stand apart by embedding cybersecurity ideas within every grade level.

Educators are expected to follow standards to offer various concepts, ranging from basic to somewhat complex.

One standard would permit first graders to independently use passwords to access technology, while 12th graders are expected to "create prototypes that use algorithms to solve computational problems."

From U.S. News and World Report
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