Resources, training, and support for fostering robust computer science learning and effective standards compliance
Bringing Computer Science Education to the Forefront
As K-12 schools around Illinois build and bolster their computer science curriculum, the LTC is ready to support individual and district-wide initiatives with cost-effective trainings and up-to-date resources.
Through our partnerships and connections to computer science (CS) educators across the state, we strive to make integrating CS learning and achieving standards-based compliance an empowering experience for all educators and school districts.
- Illinois Computer Science Legislative Brief
- Illinois Computer Science Standards
- IL CS Standards (Integrated View)
- Illinois Computer Literacy and Computer Science Definitions
- Computer Science Courses and Assignability Recommendations (ISBE)
- Computer Literacy: Knowledge and Skill Development Continuum (ISBE)
Upcoming Computer Science Events
Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all Illinois K-12 school districts will be required to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for students to obtain computer literacy skills.
“Computer literacy” is defined as “one’s knowledge of and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently and effectively. More specifically, [it] includes knowing what constitutes a computer, the uses and applications for computers, and the impact of computers on society.”
Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all Illinois school districts that maintain grades 9-12 will be required to provide opportunities for students to take at least one computer science course aligned to ISBE’s rigorous learning standards.
“Computer science” means the study of computers and algorithms, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their implementation, and their impact on society. Computer science does not include the study of everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as keyboarding or accessing the internet.
Code.org Regional Partnership
Through our Code.org partnership, Illinois educators can obtain high-quality CS professional development and curricular resources – often for little-to-no cost. You can also develop the expertise needed make CS learning accessible at any grade level using their ever-growing library of projects and teaching tools.
More than two million teachers have brought CS learning to their classroom through Code.org. Learn more about how Code.org can help you and your district grow CS teaching capacity starting today.
Registration is now open for summer 2022 Code.org workshops and cohorts. Click here for more information and to register!
Featured Resources from the Computer Science Resource Database
Computer Literacy: Knowledge and Skill Development Continuum (ISBE)
This ISBE-produced resource contains several visual continuums for key computer literacy competencies, differentiated by grade level and level of skill mastery. This resource also includes computer literacy integration examples for social studies, science, ELA, and mathematics classrooms in grades K-12.
Copyright and Fair Use for Educators
A 2-page guide to US copyright law as it applies to education. Included are definitions of common terms as well as recommendations for sharing copyrighted works with students, colleagues, and online.
Computer Science Legislative Brief (1.0, 12/3/21)
In anticipation of Illinois’ forthcoming K-12 computer science learning standards, the LTC has created a 1-page legislative brief summarizing each district’s obligations under the new curricular mandates. In this brief, you’ll also find links and citations to the relevant, codified legislation, making it easier to further your understanding of these laws and how you’ll fulfill their requirements in your district.
This version was published December 3, 2021. The content included herein is subject to change pending final guideline release and further guidance from ISBE.
National Math and Science Initiative
NMSI provides content-based, teacher-to-teacher coaching, classroom-ready lessons, web-based resources; (HS): Year-long AP CS