Voluntary High School Computer Science
DENVER – At its regular meeting, the Colorado State Board of Education reviewed the proposed new computer science standards as well as proposed revisions to academic standards in visual arts and world languages.
State law requires the Colorado Academic Standards to be reviewed and revised every six years, beginning with the current revision due by July 2018. The process of reviewing and revising the standards has been underway for more than a year, with committees, surveys, and online feedback opportunities all designed to closely examine the grade-by-grade expectations in 10 content areas and English language proficiency. In addition, new voluntary high school computer science standards are also being developed.
Districts will have the option of adopting the voluntary high school computer science standards, which will identify the knowledge and skills secondary students should have, including coding. Districts may also allow computer science courses to count toward mathematics or science graduation requirements. The computer science standards committee proposed that the voluntary standards be written for ninth through 12th grade, rather than for specific grade levels. Based on public feedback collected so far, the committee proposed three areas within the computer science standards: computational thinking, computing systems and networks, and computer programming.
The last public comment feedback window for all content areas of the Colorado Academic Standards closed on Dec. 4. More than 1,500 educators, school and district leaders, parents, elected officials, students, faculty at institutions of higher education, education organizations and community members provided feedback.
CDE staff will organize all feedback and post to the CDE website on Jan. 8. The committees have posted resources, including summaries and complete lists of the proposed revisions. Final recommendations will be brought to the board for approval beginning in the spring and ending on or before July 1.