K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Initiative

K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Initiative

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New initiative aimed at bolstering foundational cybersecurity education and increasing the pipeline of cybersecurity talent in all communities across the nation
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The challenge

The Challenge

Currently, there are only a few models of state-developed cybersecurity standards and no national standards specific to cybersecurity.

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The Solution

The Solution

Establish K-12 cybersecurity education expectations that are available for all states and districts to adopt

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The Impact

The Impact

Increased access to cybersecurity education opportunities for students that will prepare them to enter the workforce or to expand their study in college

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K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Development Kicks Off First Writing Session 

Thirty educators virtually gathered together for the first K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Initiative writing session.

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Background

State standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Currently, there are only a few models of state-developed cybersecurity standards and no national standards specific to cybersecurity.

This is an impediment to both curriculum developers and teachers on the ground - with students ultimately losing out on the opportunities presented by a robust cyber education. 

CYBER.ORG staff members have served on multiple standards development committees and have gained extensive insight from writing cyber curricula, leading professional development, and supporting educators across the country. Over the next year, CYBER.ORG will be facilitating collaboration among experts from K-12, higher ed, government, and industry as they develop the first national set of k-12 cybersecurity learning standards.

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Our Priorities
Collaboration

Current voices from K-12, higher education, government, and industry will be at the table as standards are developed.

Transparency

Regular updates will be provided during development. Additionally, all citizens may review and comment prior to publication.

Usability

Standards will be comprehensive and easy to find. States or districts may adopt in full or embed into existing content standards.

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Project Timeline
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September 2020

Project Kickoff & Committee Selection
 

 

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October 2020

First standards development committee working session
 

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December 2020

Second standards development committee working session

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February 2021

Standards review committee meeting

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April 2021

Third standards development committee working session

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May 2021

Complete second draft of standards

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June 2021

Public comment period open

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August 2021

Standards are published

Partners

Key stakeholders from education, industry, and government sectors.

CISA
Palo Alto
NICE
LA Tech
Maricopa
McCrel
EduTech
Nat. Crypto Museum
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Have questions or want to be become involved? Get in touch here.

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