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OSPI adopts state's first standards for computer science

OSPI Supt. Randy Dorn formally adopted Washington's first statewide standards for computer science on Dec. 8.
 
For full details, read OSPI's news release
 
OSPI was directed under SHB 1813 to adopt K-12 computer science learning standards, and these standards were created by a panel of statewide experts who used national computer science standards as a guide.  The new standards are scheduled to be implemented during a process of 4 to 5 years.
 
OSPI is using the Interim Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards, which are to be reviewed after the completion of the K-12 Computer Science Framework.  As noted on OSPI's new Computer Science Learning Standards web page, these standards call for the following: 
  1. Introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level.
  2. Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit.
  3. Encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses that will allow interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the work force or college.
  4. Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.



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