Computer Science Standards


Computer Science

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science - First Public Draft

Comment Period Closes January 8, 2018

Standards Development and Adoption Timeline

September 2017

  • Writing and Draft Review Team applications open and members are selected
  • First Writing Team Meeting held on September 28

October 2017

  • Second Writing Team Meeting finalizes the First Draft of Standards on October 27
  • Initial Draft Review Team Meeting held on October 28

November 2017

  • Draft Review Team completed a full analysis of K-12 standards, reviewing for clarity, rigor, the strength of progression, and alignment of concepts and practices
  • Review analyses submitted to Writing Team for consideration

December 2017

  • The Writing Team met on December 7 to incorporate and respond to Draft Review Team feedback into 2nd Draft.
  • The 2nd Draft released to the public on December 8 as the First Public Draft for a one-month public comment period.
  • On December 14, Draft Review Team will complete a full analysis of the First Public Draft of the K-12 standards, again reviewing for clarity, rigor, the strength of progression, and alignment of concepts and practices.

January 2018

  • Public comment period concludes on January 8.
  • Representatives from Writing and Draft Review Teams will finalize the 3rd draft of K-12 standards based upon public input and Draft Review Team feedback.
  • This version of standards available for final public comment at the end of January.

February 2018

  • The final Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education for their consideration at the February Board Meeting.

March 2018

  • If approved, the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science will be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature for their consideration allowing 30 business days for approval, revisions, or rejection.

2018-2019 School Year

  • Initial implementation will begin during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Various committees will launch to support school districts with implementation resources and strategies. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who developed the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science?
    • Based upon an open application process, 14 educators from K-12, Career Tech and collegiate levels have actively engaged in three in-person Writing Team meetings. A Draft Review Team comprised of another 25 educators from K-12, Career Tech and collegiate levels engaged in their first virtual review process in October and will complete a second virtual review process in December.
  2. How were the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science developed?
    • With Deborah Trytten from the University of Oklahoma and Hallie Hughes from Durant Public Schools serving as the CS Standards Committee Co-Chairs, we are certainly in good hands! We have been working for three months with a wonderful group of educators. Our Writing Team, broken into K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 groups, met three times to develop grade-level standards. In November, the 25-member Draft Review Team submitted their first review of the standards providing input on clarity, grade-level appropriateness, alignment to the K12 CS Framework concepts and practices, and coherent progressions. The Writing Team reviewed and incorporated this feedback to produce a set of standards now available for a one-month public comment period ending January 8, 2018. 
  3. How are public comments utilized in the standards development process?
    • Public comments inform the Writing Team in the areas of clarity, grade-level appropriateness, and general opportunities to improve the standards. While every review is considered, common themes often arise and are given particularly careful consideration. Our hope is that respondents to the public comment survey will see adjustments based on their thoughtful review and recommendations. 
  4. If I want to submit a letter of support, who should I address it to and when should I submit it?
    • Please address letters of support to Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, and submit it to Levi Patrick (Levi.Patrick@sde.ok.gov) using the subject line: CS Standards Letter of Support.
  5. Are the standards written for all Oklahoma students?
    • The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the members of the Writing and Draft Review Teams strive to ensure the new standards communicate a vision for Computer Science education that prepares all students for a future that is increasingly technological. We believe defining clear, attainable, yet ambitious learning standards for Computer Science sets a worthwhile goal for our state as we work to ensure that any child might pursue a career in coding, engineering, or any number of pathways that are strengthened by computational thinking. 
  6. When will these standards be officially adopted?
    • The standards will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education in February for their consideration and hopeful approval. Unless changes are necessary, the board-approved standards will be submitted shortly thereafter to the Oklahoma Legislature for their consideration and hopeful approval. Final approval is anticipated by the end of April 2018. 
  7. When will these standards be implemented in Oklahoma schools?
    • Oklahoma schools are encouraged to begin implementation during the 2018-2019 school year. Many support structures and professional development opportunities will be provided beginning in the same school year to support a full implementation by the 2019-2020 school year.
  8. Are all schools required to implement these standards?
    • While Computer Science courses are not required for all schools or students in Oklahoma, it is our hope that schools who offer any form of computer technology courses will begin to adapt those courses utilizing these standards beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Existing courses such as Computer Science and Computer Programming will be expected to use the standards and much more support will be provided after the standards adoption process is complete. 
  9. What certification is required to teach Computer Science courses?
Last updated on December 12, 2017