Students in the Tustin Unified School District in California will be required to demonstrate computer skills to advance and graduate under a plan recently adopted by the school board.

Angela Satterlee, director of management information systems and technology for the district, told local reporters that Tustin is one of the first school districts to adopt technology requirements for students at each grade level.

“We feel this is a need because the technology has to be tied to instruction and curriculum,” she said. “We want to make sure students are using computers in a structured way, not for games and play.”

Under the new curriculum standards, students in lower grades will be expected to understand the relevance of technology and how it might be used. In middle grades, they will be asked to demonstrate basic computer skills. In high school, they will have to know how to use computers for writing and publishing, internet research, multimedia presentations, and other skills.