ACM/CSTA Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science

Since it was first released in 2003, the ACM/CSTA Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science has served as the national standards for pre-college computer science education. This year, CSTA formed a committee of specialists (co-chaired by Allen Tucker and Deborah Seehorn) from all educational levels to review and revise these standards.

Based on the following definition of computer science:

Computer science is the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society and includes the following elements:
• programming,
• hardware design,
• networks,
• graphics,
• databases and information retrieval,
• computer security,
• software design,
• programming languages,
• logic,
• programming paradigms,
• translation between levels of abstraction,
• artificial intelligence,
• the limits of computation (what computers can’t do),
• applications in information technology and information systems, and
• social issues (Internet security, privacy, intellectual property, etc.).

The K-12 Computer Science Standards provide learning outcomes for students in grade K through 12. These learning outcomes are divided into three levels:
• Level 1 (grades K–6) Computer Science and Me
• Level 2 (grades 6–9) Computer Science and Community
• Level 3 (grades 9–12) Applying concepts and creating real-world solutions
o Level 3A: (grades 9 or 10) Computer Science in the Modern World
o Level 3B: (grades 10 or 11) Computer Science Principles
o Level 3C: (grades 11 or 12) Topics in Computer Science

The learning outcomes within each level are organized into the following strands:
• Computational Thinking
• Collaboration
• Computing Practice
• Computers and Communications Devices
• Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts

CSTA invites you to review and submit comments on the review draft of the new CSTA K-12 Computer Science Learning Standards: Revised 2011. A copy of the document is available for download at:

This site also provides access to an online form that will be used to collect all reader comments and suggestions.  The review process will be open until June 15, 2011.


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