Reimagining CS Pathways
The Reimagining CS Pathways: High School and Beyond project will convene representatives from K-12 ed, higher ed, and industry in the U.S. to develop community definitions of (1) what CS content is essential for all high school graduates and (2) pathways for continued CS learning. We aim to:
We Need to Reimagine CS Education
Computer science education is rapidly evolving, due to a convergence of factors:
We hope that this concerted and community-driven effort will develop a vision and inspire the proper infrastructure and supports to accommodate the evolution of K-12 CS education over the next five to ten years.
Foundational High School CS Content
We completed the first phase of our project, focused on defining essential CS content for all high school students. We gathered data from an in-person convening, focus groups, interviews.
While there was some variety among participants’ suggestions for essential CS content, there was broad and consistent support for emphasizing the development of an inclusive computing culture and exposing students to societal and ethical implications of CS. In terms of technical content, participants placed a higher priority on algorithms and computational thinking than on programming skills. They also emphasized the importance of AI and understanding career options that involve computing.
This graphic illustrates the final product of this work. Dispositions (e.g., persistence, reflectiveness, creativity) surround all other elements. Five Topic Areas were identified: Computing Systems and Security, Data and Analysis, Preparation for the Future, Algorithms, and Programming. Crosscutting these five Topic Areas are Impacts and Ethics, Inclusive Collaboration, Computational Thinking, and Human-Centered Design.
This report describes these elements in more detail, including specific knowledge and skills in each Topic Area that were prioritized by participants.
- ACM: Dr. Tom Cortina, Education Board & Advisory Committee
- Code.org: Dr. Jamila Cocchiola, 6-12 Curriculum Product Manager
- College Board: Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed, Director, IT Pathways
- CSforAll: Leigh Ann Delyser, Executive Director
- CSTA: Bryan Twarek, VP of Education & Research
- ECEP Alliance: Sarah Dunton, Director
- Dr. Adrienne Decker, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo
- Deborah Seehorn, past Chair, CSTA Board of Directors & Standards Revision Task Force
- Delmar Wilson, Teacher, Miami Springs Senior High School
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 2311746. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.