Today at the White House, I shared $1.6 million in new funding commitments for us to embark on a comprehensive update of the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. This update aims to redefine computer science education, ensuring it aligns with the latest advancements in technology, including artificial intelligence (AI) and the changing educational landscape.

The Imperative for Change

Since our last update in 2017, the CSTA Standards have significantly influenced computer science education across the United States, along with informing standards and curriculum development globally. However, the rapid advancements in technology and the evolving educational needs of our students necessitate a timely and thorough revision of these standards. Our goal is to ensure that the education we provide is not only current but also equips our students with the skills needed for the future.

Our Three-Stage Update Process

  1. Research: In this first stage, we will analyze existing state-approved CS standards and the latest in CS education research, engaging with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  2. Standards Writing: A team of dedicated educators, state leaders, and researchers will work to develop the new standards, ensuring we include feedback from all corners of our community.
  3. Implementation: By 2026, we aim to release the final standards, complete with resources and guidance for teachers and educational leaders to bring the standards into classrooms.

We Couldn’t do this Without our Partners

This project is being led by our catalyst partners, Amazon, Google, and the National Science Foundation, whose initial $1.5 million investment is pivotal in realizing our ambitious goals. Beyond funding, these partners are also bringing valuable industry and research perspectives for the CSTA standards writers to consider in development. We’re also thankful to have CSTA’s long-term strategic partner, Microsoft Philanthropies, as an early supporter of this work. 

As we kick off this transformative project for CSTA, I am filled with a sense of responsibility and excitement. We are not just revising standards; we are shaping the future of computer science education for millions of students across the nation.

Get Involved

CSTA members interested in supporting this work, please let us know by completing this form, and funders who want to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative, please contact Daniel Rosenstein, CSTA’s Philanthropy Lead, at