Alabama Course of Study Digital Literacy and Computer Science

  • This document was developed by the 2017-2018 Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Course of Study Committee and Task Force, composed of elementary, middle school, high school, and college educators appointed by the State Board of Education and business and professional persons appointed by the Governor (Code of Alabama; (1975), §16-35-1). The Committee and Task Force began work in March 2017 and submitted the document to the State Board of Education for adoption at the board’s March 2018 meeting.

    From Dr. Ed Richardson:
    "Transformations in technology, communication, and the information lifecycle have contributed to significant changes in our world. As a result, much local and national attention has been focused on advancing students’ understanding of computer science and fostering digital literacy. The 2018 Alabama Course of Study: Digital Literacy and Computer Science sharpens this focus by presenting relevant and challenging content standards that will provide students with a solid foundation of digital fluency and computational practices. Alabama students must be critical consumers of digital information, astute problem-solvers who synthesize available data, and critical thinkers with the ability to collaborate with colleagues. It is imperative that we prepare our students to meet the unique challenges that stem from living in this continuously evolving digital age.

    Developed and reviewed by educators, as well as business and community leaders, these standards are based on a foundation provided by the K–12 Computer Science Framework (K12CS), the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). I believe the standards outlined in this document provide a solid foundation upon which quality digital literacy and computer science programs can be developed. The implementation of this document through appropriate integration across the curriculum and in specialized computer science courses will give all Alabama students the opportunity to obtain the technological foundation to be college- and career-ready problem-solvers and innovators."