Computer Science

The Arkansas Computer Science Standards for Grades K-8 provide an introduction to computing concepts that are to be embedded across other content areas and are intended to support what is already being done in the classroom. The standards support critical thinking through the essential skills of computational thinking and algorithmic problem solving. The course strands, content clusters, and content standards are to be taught in an integrated manner, not in isolation. Integration of basic computer science skills and knowledge through practical classroom experiences promote connections to all subject areas and to the real world. Formal assessment of these standards is not required; teachers may monitor and measure student learning through normal classroom activities and interactions.

In short, ADE wants all teachers in all content area engaging in discussions surrounding computer science and digital literacy as appropriate for their content area and age of students.

The Computer Science Fact Sheet continues to be updated with 2017-18 school year implementation guidance.