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Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards

Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards

As required by a 2018 law, NYSED engaged with workgroups of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, parents, and business/industry professionals to develop computer science standards that will prepare all NYS students to live and work in our dynamic, technology-driven 21st-century world. New York State has developed five specific concept areas for the Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards.

  • Impacts of Computing
  • Computational Thinking
  • Networks and Systems Design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Literacy

Each Concept contains two or more Sub-Concepts.  Within the Sub-Concepts are a number of standards.  The draft standards are currently grouped into four grade-bands:  K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Students will be expected to master the standards by the end of the last year of the grade band.

Timetable for Roll-out and Implementation

The projected timeline for implementation of the new Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards allows for ample time for teachers to become familiar with the new standards.  The timetable is as follows:

Timetable for Roll-out and Implementation

Dates Phase Activities
Final Approval – Aug. 2021

Awareness-Building

Roll-out and building awareness of the new standards and timeline for implementation
Sept. 2021 – Aug. 2023 Capacity-Building Focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, professional development
Sept. 2023 – Aug. 2024 Year 1 Implementation All credit-bearing Computer Science courses will be aligned with NYS CS&DF Standards
September 2024 Full Implementation CS&DF Standards implemented in all grade bands K-12

 

Standards Development Process

In October 2018, an Authoring Workgroup and Review Panel were formed to ensure representation from all regions and community types.  From October 2018 through March 2019, the Authoring Workgroup worked to produce a first draft of the new standards.  In April 2019, the Authoring Workgroup members cross-reviewed standards written by colleagues and provided feedback to the Department. The second draft of the Standards was then shared with the Review Panel.  Each member of the Review Panel provided both a high-level review of all standards and an in-depth review of the standards through one of the following “lenses” (perspectives): Clarity and Focus, Coherence and Progression, Equity, Interdisciplinary Connections, Rigor, Relevance and Engagement, and Specificity.

In July and August 2019, Department staff and a computer science education consultant revised the standards to address the Review Panel feedback and Department policy and expectations.  The draft was presented to the Executive Standards Committee and Department Senior Leadership in September.  Revisions were made based on their input, and the draft was finalized for release for stakeholder feedback.

The draft standards were then published to solicit broad stakeholder feedback from October 15 to November 15, 2019.  NYSED received 410 survey responses representing 839 individuals and members of organizations across New York, with 564 leaving specific comments.  The majority of responses were from K-12 educators and administrators; feedback was also received from higher education, advocacy groups, business/industry, nonprofit organizations, parents, students, and school board members.  Approximately 60 percent of respondents indicated that they either moderately or strongly supported the standards overall; however, several themes clearly emerged as priorities for immediate revision.

NYSED convened a workgroup to address the stakeholder feedback priorities and revise the standards accordingly, while still adhering to the Guiding Principles and ensuring the standards are rigorous and focus on the most important knowledge and skills.

In January 2020, the Board of Regents conditionally approved New York State’s Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency. In an effort to ensure the new standards meet the needs of all students and align to the Board of Regents’ goal that every child has equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities, NYSED staff have identified the following next steps:

  • Engage further with early learning experts to ensure the K-2 grade band standards are developmentally appropriate, and that both the clarifying statements and provided examples are helpful and relevant to K-2 teachers.
  • Return to the Board of Regents for final adoption of the standards in Spring 2020.
  • Begin to develop resources and guidance to aid the field in implementing the standards in accordance with the proposed implementation timeline.
2018 – 2020 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards Workgroups

Thank you to all the individuals involved in the authoring, review, and revision of the New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards. Additional thanks to all the individuals who provided feedback through NYSED’s Stakeholder Feedback Survey.

Executive Standards Committee

Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser Co-Founder and Executive Director
CSForALL
Dr. Cameron Fadjo Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
Pleasantville Union Free School District
Dr. Kathi Fisler Professor (Research) and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Brown University
Dr. Jeffrey Matteson District Superintendent
Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
David Rothfuss Associate in Research & Educational Services
NYSUT
Ellen Sullivan Assistant in Educational Services
NYSUT

Ronald Summers

Senior Director of Computer Science Education Policy & Implementation
New York City Department of Education
Michael Zamansky Lecturer
Hunter College

 

Authoring Workgroup

Peter Apps Science Teacher York CSD
Christine M. Armstrong-Gabler 5th Grade Teacher Olean CSD
Mark Belden Technology Teacher Schuylerville Middle School
Gregory Benedis-Grab Head of Academic Technology and Computer Science Packer Collegiate Institute
Lionel Bergeron Director of Elementary Computer Science NYCDOE
Lisa Blank Director of STEM Programs Watertown CSD
Aimee Bloom Staff Development Specialist Erie 2 BOCES
Stacy Bressette Program instructor/Curriculum designer Albany Can Code
Nicole Caratozzolo Personalized Learning Coach Geneva CSD
Jamie L. Cinelli Kindergarten Teacher Amherst CSD
JonAlf Dyrland-Weaver Director of Computer Science/Teacher Stuyvesant High School
Scott English Technology Teacher West Genesee CSD
Jamie W. Fagan Computer Science Teacher Webster CSD
Jessica Fletcher Computer Science Teacher Spackenkill Union Free SD
Laurie Guyon Assistant Coordinator WSWHE BOCES
Kristin Holmes* Computer Science Teacher Computer Science Teacher
Dr. Susan Imberman Associate Dean and Professor in Computer Science CUNY
Diane Irwin Science Coordinator Ballston Spa CSD
Zachary Lind Chief Information Officer Ithaca City SD
Christine MacPherson Director of Educational Technology Hudson Falls CSD
Christie Maisano Director of Technology Pembroke CSD
Stephanie Maturo Director of Instructional Technology CiTi BOCES
Terry McSweeny Assistant in Educational Services NYSUT
Brandon Milonovich Math/Computer Science Teacher Ardsley UFSD
Dr. Lijun Ni Assistant Professor in Computer Science Education University of Albany
Stephanie Nocerino Director of Instructional Technology West Babylon
Christine Owens Math and Computer Science Teacher Syosset CSD
Peter Palij Math and Computer Science Teacher Mount Vernon CSD
Aankit Patel Senior Director of Computer Science Academics NYCDOE
Doreen Pietrantoni Instructional Technology Specialist Monroe 1 BOCES
Alana Y. Robinson Special Education Technology Teacher NYCDOE District 75
James Sanderson Technology Education Teacher McGraw Central School
Robert Sanford Instructional Technology Specialist Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD
Lauren Smith ENL/AIS Teacher Amherst Schools
Dr. Andrea Tejedor* Assist Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery CSD
Daniel D. Thomas* Technology Education Teacher South Western CSD
Jo Ann Westhall Prek-6 Computer Science Teacher NYCDOE District 26
Heather Westlund Technology Special Area Teacher Silver Creek Central School
Pauline White* Teaching Faculty, Computer Science Siena College
Jennifer Wilkie STEM Teacher Ithaca City SD
Michael Zamansky* Lecturer Hunter College
Susan Zieres Teeple Model Schools Coordinator Sullivan County BOCES

* Authoring Group Lead

Review Panel

Eileen Anderson Computer Technology Teacher Fillmore CSD
Dustin Andrus Regional Instructional Technology Specialist Broome-Tioga BOCES
David Ashdown Assist Director for Instructional Technology Programs WSWHE BOCES
Lisa Baerga Associate Director of Secondary CS Academics NYCDOE
Stephanie Bennett Instructional Technology Specialist Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD
Darlene Bowman Teacher District 75, NYCDOE
Daniel Breiman Principal Ithaca CSD
Valerie Brock Computer Science Education Manager NYCDOE
Lisa DiBello Wolski Library Media Specialist Frontier Central School District
Justin DiMatteo Regional Technology Integration Instructional Specialist TST BOCES
David R. Doty Teacher Cattaraugus Little Valley CSD
Jill Florio Principal Skano Elementary School-Shenendehowa CSD
Marissa Fraher Library Media Specialist Pleasantville UFSD
Daniel Gaylord Computer Science Education Manager NYCDOE
Sean Hannam Parent  
Betsy Hardy Director of Educational Technology Fillmore CSD
Amy Hobson Computer Science Education Manager NYCDOE
Michelle Kennedy Special Ed Teacher NYCDOE
Susan Kirby-LeMon Media Specialist Skano Elementary School-Shenendehowa CSD
David C. Lasky Technology Integration Specialist Olean City SD
Stephen Malone Teacher Pawling CSD
Jodi Manne Technology Teacher Greenburgh CSD
Drey Martone Associate Professor of Teacher Education St. Rose
Tunisia Mitchell Computer Science Education Manager NYCDOE
Edward Moloney Technology Teacher Sag Harbor Pierson
Jennifer Myers Senior Supervisor for School Improvement SLL BOCES
Jose Olivares Director of Computer Science Academics HS NYCDOE
Bonnie M. Russell Parent, NYS PTA Consultant  
Maria Rocker Coordinator of Technology Leadership and Innovation Mohawk Regional Information Center
Kacie Sandbrook Teacher Schalmont CSD
Jennifer Sangiacomo Instructional Technology Integration Specialist Cohoes CSD
Cerima Thomas Technology Teacher Middletown CSD
Rose Truglio Teacher Lindenhurst High
Sara Vogel Research Assistant on Participating in Literacies and Computer Science The Graduate Center-CUNY
Nicole Waskie-Laura Assistant Director for Instructional Technology and Education Resources Broome-Tioga BOCES
Kim Wegner Lead Coordinator for Innovative Programs WSWHE BOCES
Amanda Zullo Instructional Planning and Assessment Coordinator CVES BOCES

First Revision Consultant

Meg Ray Teacher in Residence at Cornell Tech Cornell University

Second Revision Workgroup

Lisa Blank Director of STEM Programs Watertown CSD
David Czechowski Technology / CS Teacher Hyde Park CSD
Dr. Cameron Fadjo Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Pleasantville UFSD
Daniel Gaylord Computer Science Education Manager NYCDOE
Diane Irwin Science Coordinator Ballston Spa CSD
Peter Palij Math and Computer Science Teacher Mount Vernon CSD
David Rothfuss Associate in Research & Educational Services NYSUT
Ellen Sullivan Assistant in Educational Services NYSUT
Ronald Summers Senior Director of Computer Science Education Policy & Implementation NYCDOE
Mike Sylofski Managing Coordinator, E-Learning Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC)
Pauline White Teaching Faculty, Computer Science Siena College
Michael Zamansky Lecturer Hunter College
Amanda Zullo Instructional Planning and Assessment Coordinator CVES BOCES

New York State Education Department Staff

Marybeth Casey Assistant Superintendent Curriculum, Instruction, and Early Learning
Jason Breslin

Director

Office of Early Learning
Valerie Cosgrove Supervisor, Education Programs Office of Educational Design and Technology
Jian Liu (刘健) Associate in Bilingual Education Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages
Shannon Logan Coordinator, Technology Policy Office of Educational Design and Technology
Kelly Onorato Associate, Education of Students with Disabilities Office of Special Education
Erik Sweet              Supervisor, Education Programs Office of Curriculum and Instruction

 

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