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Shannon Thissen
Computer Science Program Specialist

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The Computer Science team at OSPI consists of staff across the subjects of math, science, educational technology, and career and technical education. Working closely with statewide computer science and STEM stakeholders, this team provides guidance for development and implementation of Washington’s computer science learning standards (anticipated in Summer 2016) and computer science education grants beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

Learning Standards
Superintendent Dorn formally adopted the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards as Washington’s K-12 Computer Science Learning Standards on December 8, 2016.

Washington State Computer Science K-12 Learning Standards (PDF, 36 pages)

Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1813 directs OSPI to adopt computer science K–12 learning standards developed by a nationally recognized computer science education organization.

During the 2015 session, the Washington State Legislature directed the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt nationally recognized K-12 Computer Science standards. In order to meet this goal, Washington STEM on behalf of OSPI, is leading the review of a framework for computer science education and accompanying student learning standards. This webinar will share the content and process for the development and review of a nationally recognized framework and standards and outline the ways in which Washington educators can help inform CS standards.

Computer Science Education Grants
The Legislature allocated funding for Computer Science Education during the 2015 session.

Standards Review
The standards review process for teachers has started. If you are interested in participating, please use the documents below:

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Computer Science Education
Join us for a webinar on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM PDT.
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Mark your calendars for June 20th at 3:30pm for an introductory Computer Science Standards webinar. The webinar will review the Computer Science Concepts and Practices, and Computational Thinking as it relates to the Computer Science Standards. If you have questions please contact Shannon Thissen,

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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