K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards

K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards

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The Standards

The K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards have been designed with usability in mind. CYBER.ORG has designed the standards to be comprehensive, easy to use, and easy to find. States, districts, and all educators will be able to use the standards. They are available for wholesale adoption and are available for districts and educators to incorporate into existing curricula opportunities or course standards.

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CYBER.ORG Releases First National K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards
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The standards will help increase student cybersecurity literacy and build a robust pipeline of future cybersecurity talent.

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The standards aim to ensure that students not only have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity, but also the skills and knowledge needed to pursue cybersecurity careers in greater numbers.

The K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards center around three core themes: Computing Systems (CS), Digital Citizenship (DC) and Security (SEC) and cover a range of cutting-edge cybersecurity topics, from the Internet of Things (IoT) to Threat Actors.

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The Facts

Questions about the standards and the vision behind them? We've created a fact sheet to address common questions about the project, as well as to give some background and guidance for adoption. 

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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. Until now, there were only a few models of state-developed cybersecurity standards and no national standards specific to cybersecurity.

This was 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 past year, CYBER.ORG facilitated collaboration among experts from K-12, higher ed, government, and industry, collectively developing 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 were at the table as standards were developed.

Transparency

Regular updates were provided during development. Additionally, all citizens had the opportunity to review and comment prior to publication.

Usability

Standards are 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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Get Involved
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Have questions or want to be become involved? Get in touch here.

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