OSPI Supt. Randy Dorn formally adopted Washington's first statewide standards for computer science on Dec. 8.
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
Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards
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:
- Introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level.
- Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can
fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit.
- 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
- Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students,
especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.