Computer Science Initiatives
USBE defines "Computer Science 'Access for All'" as follows:
Each student in a Utah secondary public school will have access to robust and varied computer science courses by 2022. All students will enter secondary schools with exposure to computational thinking and competencies in digital literacy. This will begin in our elementary schools with competencies in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles.
Many students will self-select a pathway of study when they reach high school and may not be in computer science. The state K-5 and 6-12 Computer Science Standards are written to include core computer science skills of critical thinking, problem solving, computational thinking, and mathematical reasoning in all subjects. “Access for All” is a means of approaching K-12 integration of computer science core skills to build a long-term sustainable program. (https://schools.utah.gov/cte?mid=3363&tid=4 accessed on April 21, 2021)
USBE has established several K-12 Computer Science initiatives, which include a Computer Science Master Plan, a K12 Computer Science Framework, Elementary and Secondary Computer Science Standards. Each of these can be reviewed by clicking here. Another initiative is the Utah K-12 Computer Science Grant, of which Cache County School District was a privileged recipient. We want to communicate all that is happening in our district as a result of receiving these grant funds. Thus, this webpage and its links are dedicated to explaining our journey.
- Planning Grant Funds - Overall explanation of how they were used
- Year 1 Grant Funds - Overall explanation of how they were used
- Computer Science Journey through Elementary School Space
- Computer Science Journey through Middle School Space
- Computer Science Journey through High School Space
- Summarized Accomplishments and Challenges