K-12 Cybersecurity Learning 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.
The standards will help increase student cybersecurity literacy and build a robust pipeline of future cybersecurity talent.
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.
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.
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.
Current voices from K-12, higher education, government, and industry were at the table as standards were developed.
Regular updates were provided during development. Additionally, all citizens had the opportunity to review and comment prior to publication.
Standards are comprehensive and easy to find. States or districts may adopt in full or embed into existing content standards.
Project Kickoff & Committee Selection
First standards development committee working session
Second standards development committee working session
Standards review committee meeting
Third standards development committee working session
Complete second draft of standards
Public comment period open
Standards are published
Key stakeholders from education, industry, and government sectors.
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