Review the Draft of the 2016 CSTA K-12 CS Standards

February 24, 2016 at 8:11 am 3 comments

It’s a little weird that the CSTA Standards are out for review now, when the Framework is just finishing the first round of public comment (see my review here).  The CSTA Standards have a different goal than the Framework, from my reading of the standards presentation — it’s about reflecting teacher’s process and classroom practice.  The review period ends March 3, so get your comments in soon.

The CSTA K-12 CS Standards Revision Task Force members have been diligently working to revise the 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards to ensure they are current, valid, and the best they can be. The task force members very much appreciate all of you who took the time to provide us with input on the 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards during the public feedback period in September – October 2015. Your input, along with the draft K-12 CS Framework and practices, standards from other states and countries, and related national standards informed the task force members as they revised, deleted, and added to the 2011 CSTA K-12 CS Standards. You may view the standards development process on the CSTA Standards Webpage. The first DRAFT of the 2016 CSTA K-12 CS Standards is ready for public review and feedback. We need your assistance once again!

Source: DRAFT 2016 CSTA K-12 CS Standards: We need your feedback! | The CSTA Advocate Blog

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  • 1. alanone1  |  February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Hi Mark

    One of the biggest problems with most attempts at frameworks and standards is they all too often fall into the trap of requiring “mind-reading” in order to make progress. I.e. they are often in the form of “students know that: …” etc. This seems like a snare and a delusion.

    Certainly for younger children where we have had most of our experience, it is much better and clearer to think about activities that children can *do* fluently as the better ways to assess and to aim.

    In other words, it is not only difficult to assess what learners “know” in our sense of that word, but we also are in deep waters when it comes to trying to understand what “know” means in the mind of a particular 10 year old (or 18 year old).

  • 2. alanone1  |  February 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Now having looked at the standards up to grade 8, they are really quite ugly for the most part. What were the designers thinking of?

    • 3. Mark Guzdial  |  February 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      From what I see of their goals, the focus is on teacher experience and practice, not student goals, outcomes, or development.


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