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Computer Science Education Data Summary Report

The first K–12 Computer Science Education Data Summary Report is available! This report responds to HB 1577 (2019), requiring OSPI to post computer science data.

Contact Information

Computer Science

360-764-3778
Secondary Education
360-359-3767

The Computer Science team at OSPI consists of staff across the subjects of English language arts, math, science, educational technology, and career and technical education. Working closely with statewide computer science and STEM stakeholders, this team provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington's computer science learning standards and computer science education grants.

Washington State Computer Science Strategic Plan

The Computer Science State Strategic Plan has been developed by teachers, administrators, Industry, OSPI, and others in Washington state.

This strategic plan is a community-developed living document and will be updated based on feedback provided by various stakeholders. Successful implementation of this plan and equitable outcomes for students will require buy-in from cross-sector partners including students, families, educators, businesses, philanthropy, agencies, and community-based organizations.

Computer Science Education Grants

The Washington State Legislature allocated $1,000,000 of the fiscal year 2023 general fund for Computer Science and Education Grants (SB 5092, s 522(11)(d)). By providing these funds, the Legislature recognizes the benefit of computer science and computational thinking in education, not only concerning educational development but also in cultivating the skills needed to compete and excel in our state's career landscape.

The Computer Science and Education Grants may be for planning, implementation, or sustainability and must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Teacher training and credentialing in computer science.
  2. Technology upgrades needed to learn computer science.
  3. Engaging students in computer science

For more information visit the Computer Science Grants page.

Resources

Back to School Considerations

Specific Computer Science Recommendations

The Guide to Remote Teaching Best Practices from the Microsoft TEALS Program provides guidance and suggestions for instructor-led remote learning programs. It is based on 8 years of TEALS remote instruction learnings.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, at CSTA they know that many members will be supporting their students remotely. Teaching CS is already difficult, and moving to a virtual environment can be challenging, so CSTA has compiled a list of resources to help teachers support their students during this trying time. We encourage you to keep visiting the CSTA resource page for the most up-to-date resources.

The Classroom Culture Right with Practical SEL resource explains social-emotional learning (SEL), and why it should be intentionally incorporated into classrooms. Teachers will also find tips for overcoming common SEL obstacles, and strategies for strengthening their classroom's SEL culture. When we do that, the school feels safe – everyone knows they belong.

School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19 is a framework for ensuring students are learning, have childcare if needed, and receive social-emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State.

A series of Advanced Placement (AP) YouTube Videos that offer support for in-person, hybrid/blended, and online learning. Get insights and best practices for using digital resources in AP classrooms.

Code.org has published Back to School FAQ & Updates for Fall 2020. This resource includes curriculum and course updates for the 2020–21 school year, support for online and socially-distanced learning, and specially-created resources for parents, teachers, and school and district administrators - all designed to facilitate computer science learning this fall.