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Computer Science

Information and resources related to computer science education for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12).

The California Department of Education supports the implementation of California's academic content standards through various professional learning opportunities, partnerships with local educational agencies, and technical assistance opportunities. This page contains resources and information for enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers and links to foundational documents which guide California's computer science instruction.

State Guidance

Information and guidelines for implementing and improving computer science (CS) programs, including content standards and legislation.

Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan (CSSIP)

Computer Science Standards (Pre-Publication)

  • Adopted by the SBE on September 6, 2018
  • Defines the core concepts and practices that are vertically aligned, coherent across grades, and in grade spans kindergarten through grade two, three through five, six through eight, and nine through twelve

Resources

Information and sites with informative and classroom-based resources to support computer science (CS) education. Recommendations were provided by the CSSIP Panel.

ACCESS CSforCA Equity Guide External link opens in new window or tab.
Guide designed for administrators interested in implementing equity-minded CS in their schools, districts, or counties.

AccessCSforAll External link opens in new window or tab.
Research–practitioner partnership that develops resources and professional learning for CS teachers to increase the successful participation of students with disabilities in K–12 computing.

Bootstrap External link opens in new window or tab.
Research-based curricular modules for grades six through twelve. Materials reinforce core concepts from mainstream subjects like Mathematics, Physics, and Data Science, enabling non-CS teachers to adopt introductory materials while delivering rigorous and engaging computing content.

Code Studio External link opens in new window or tab.
Combined set of tools and guided lessons to get students in kindergarten through high school interested in the underlying concepts behind coding, with an interface for teachers to monitor where their students are in the lesson progression.

Code.org 3rd Party Educator Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
Repository of CS curricula and professional learning providers curated by code.org External link opens in new window or tab. that a school or school district can access to provide an in-school offering for their students.

CS Teaching Tips External link opens in new window or tab.
Repository of tips to help CS teachers anticipate students' difficulties and build upon students strengths.

CS Unplugged External link opens in new window or tab.
Collection of free learning activities that teach CS without computers through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons, and physical activity. Links to other resources related to teaching CS and CS outreach.

CS4AllKids External link opens in new window or tab.
Repository of integrated computational thinking lessons for kindergarten through grade eight curated by educators in Washington state. Tips from teachers are also provided.

EngageCSEdu External link opens in new window or tab.
Repository of assignments, tutorials, labs, assessments, lecture notes, exercises, and projects. Materials focus on introductory-level college or upper-level high school CS and on engaging a diverse population of students.

Nifty Assignments External link opens in new window or tab.
Repository of CS assignments gathered at the annual Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education meeting. Descriptions of assignments are provided along with related materials that focus on introductory-level CS.

Project Quantum External link opens in new window or tab.
Crowd-sourced repository of multiple choice assessment items. Questions cover programming, computational thinking, information technology, and digital literacy.

Scratch External link opens in new window or tab. and Scratch Jr. External link opens in new window or tab.
Block-based programming environment and online community that students can use to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. Targets learners age eight and older (Scratch) and ages five to seven (Scratch Jr.). Educator communities, in-person gatherings, guides, and tutorials are provided. List of block-based programming environments is provided on the Scratch Wiki.

Students & Families

Information and sites for students and families that support CS education. Recommendations were provided by the CSSIP Panel.

CS Unplugged External link opens in new window or tab.
Collection of free learning activities that teach CS without computers through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons, and physical activity.

Family Code Night External link opens in new window or tab.
Family engagement event where parents and their children do their first hour coding together. Event kits are provided to support organizations in hosting Family Code Night,

Scratch External link opens in new window or tab. and Scratch Jr. External link opens in new window or tab.
Block-based programming environment and online community that students can use to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. Targets learners age eight and older (Scratch) and ages five to seven (Scratch Jr.). Educator communities, in-person gatherings, guides, and tutorials are provided. List of block-based programming environments is provided on the Scratch Wiki.

Organizations & Partnerships

Organizations at the state and national level that inform CS education. Recommendations were provided by the CSSIP Panel.

Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) External link opens in new window or tab.
Statewide network for computer scientists, K–12 teachers, professors from community colleges through universities, educational policy advocates, and related industry professionals. Advocates for high-quality K–12 CS education in California and ensuring it is accessible to all students. Focuses on three major themes around CS education: equity and access, quality CS curriculum, and teacher capacity.

Computer Science Teachers Association External link opens in new window or tab.
Membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of CS at the K–12 grade levels.

CS for ALL Teachers External link opens in new window or tab.
Virtual community of practice, welcoming all teachers from PreK through high school who are interested in teaching CS.

CSforAll Consortium External link opens in new window or tab.
Hub for the national CS for All movement. Provides information on providers, schools, funders, and researchers focused on the goal of providing quality CS education to every child in the United States.

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | cssipp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 31, 2019