New K-12 cybersecurity learning standards aim to build awareness and create a more diverse talent pipeline

Cybersecurity learning standards offer a new look at a consistent threat


New K-12 cybersecurity learning standards aim to build awareness and create a more diverse talent pipeline

The K-12 cybersecurity learning standards center around three core themes–Computing Systems (CS), Digital Citizenship (DC) and Security (SEC)–all of which represent key fundamentals in cybersecurity education. Each core concept covers a range of pertinent cybersecurity topics, from the Internet of Things (IoT) to Threat Actors.

The K-12 cybersecurity learning standards will support CYBER.ORG’s mission to address the growing cybersecurity workforce crisis by increasing foundational cybersecurity awareness, access to cybersecurity education and interest in the cybersecurity profession.

“The K-12 cybersecurity learning standards will help align curriculum in different districts and states to better prepare students for future cybersecurity careers,” said Janet Hartkopf, Cyber Program Director at Basha High School in the Chandler Unified School District in Arizona. “Educators now have a clear rubric to guide cybersecurity curriculum and help address the existing gaps in the talent pipeline.”

Since kicking off the initiative in September 2020, CYBER.ORG convened a writing committee of K-12 educators and involved key stakeholders across education, government, and industry to collect input that increased the relevancy and value of the standards. The standards development process was facilitated by McREL International, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education research, development and service organization that helps schools, districts and education agencies improve outcomes for students.

“The national K-12 cybersecurity learning standards will enable greater access to cybersecurity education in classrooms across the country,” said Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These standards will provide students with the same cybersecurity learning opportunities at each grade level and are essential to helping them prepare for the high-demand cybersecurity jobs of the future.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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