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Computer Science Standards for California

Children learning computer science.

In September, the State Board of Education adopted California’s first-ever computer science standards. While voluntary, the standards are expected to increase the number of computer science classes taught in classrooms and will help students reach their digital potential.

“California’s new standards will not only enable students to understand how their digital world works but will encourage critical thinking and discussion about the broader ethical and social implications and questions related to the growing capabilities of technology,” said State Board Member Trish Williams, the board’s computer science liaison.

Developed by educators, the standards are designed to help students move from passive users of technology to creators and innovators who interact with computers. They push students to communicate as scientists and find creative solutions to difficult problems.

They also place a strong emphasis on equity by providing educators with examples of ways they can broaden participation in computer science to include diverse students.

The standards cover six core computer science concepts (such as algorithms and programming) and seven core practices.