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Connecticut State Pathway

Description
This is the standards-aligned pathway for the state of Connecticut. This pathway is aligned to the Computer Science Teachers Association standards framework that Connecticut adopted for K-12 computer science.

Outcomes
Connecticut adopted CSTA's K-12 Computer Science Standards. The CSTA K–12 Computer Science Standards, released in 2017, delineate a core set of learning objectives designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level. To this end, the CSTA Standards: 1. Introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level. 2. Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit. 3. Encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses that will allow interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the workforce or college. 4. Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.

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Connecticut Tech Apps and Coding
Connecticut Course 3A
AP Computer Science Principles
Connecticut Course 3B
AP Computer Science A (Nitro)
Course Description
Connecticut Tech Apps and Coding: The Tech Apps and Coding course is a first year computer science course that is fully aligned to the CSTA 2 standards that Connecticut has adopted for students in grades 6-8. This course introduces the basics of programming, web design, internet safety, and how information is represented digitally and sent over the Internet. Students learn to code with Tracy the Turtle, use the design process to create a website that addresses a community issue, and explore the impacts of internet-based innovations.
Grade Levels: 6th, 7th, 8th
Connecticut Course 3A: This course is fully aligned to the CSTA 3A standards adopted by the state of Connecticut. This course is intended for students in grades 9 and 10. It covers all concepts in the CSTA framework, including: Algorithms & Programming, Computing Systems, Data and Analysis, Impacts of Computing, and Networks & the Internet.
Grade Levels: 9th, 10th
AP Computer Science Principles: AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. This course was last updated summer of 2019.
Grade Levels: 10th, 11th, 12th
Connecticut Course 3B: This course is fully aligned to the CSTA 3B standards adopted by the state of Connecticut. This course is designed for students in grades 11 and 12. It covers all concepts in the CSTA framework, including: Algorithms & Programming, Computing Systems, Data and Analysis, Impacts of Computing, and Networks & the Internet. THIS COURSE HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
Grade Levels: 11th, 12th
AP Computer Science A (Nitro): This course is fully aligned to the College Board AP CS A course standards. Learn the basics of object-oriented programming with a focus on problem solving and algorithm development. Take this course and prepare to ace the AP Java test.
Grade Levels: 11th, 12th