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Texas K-12 Computer Science Standards

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K-12 Computer Science Standards in Texas

Effective and relevant computer science education is essential to achieving our vision that “every student is ready for college, career, and life.” While attention to computer science education has increased in recent years, a lack of awareness about its content and potential impact is widespread. In the US alone, the number of people who have earned a degree in CS has increased dramatically over the last decade. Enrollment at Texas State University's Computer Science (CS) department increased by 136%.


The Texas State Computer Science K–12 Learning Standards are designed to enhance teacher understanding and improve student learning so that students are better equipped for college, career, and life. The Texas computer science standards are designed to encourage multidisciplinary learning. For example, computer science standards can be integrated into other core subject areas, like the Texas science standards and Texas social studies standards. Code With Us provides full-year grade specific K-12 Computer Science curriculum that aligns with the Texas K-12 Computer Science standards. Texas is committed to implementing high-quality computer science instruction to:


1. Increase the opportunity for all students to gain knowledge of computer science.

2. Introduce the fundamental concepts and applications of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level.

3. Engage students in computer science at a young age and keep them engaged through high school and beyond.


Standards by Grades

Grade K-2 (TEKS Standard)

Grade 3-5 (TEKS Standard)

Grade 6 (TEKS Standard)

Grade 7 (TEKS Standard)

Grade 8 (TEKS Standard)

Grade High School Standards (TEKS Standard)


CS TEKS Standards for Kindergarten

Beginning in Kindergarten, students are expected to use devices to identify words as part of language comprehension. Though they cannot use calculators to solve Math problems, they are encouraged to use technology and software to learn Math processes and answer homework questions. They may use ‘computing devices’ and other tools to gather research for science or other classes.

Following Code With Us programs align with these standards;

Game Design in Scratch Jr.

Game Design in Scratch


CS TEKS Standards for Elementary School (Grades 1-5)

By the time students reach 3rd grade, they should be beginning to learn basic CS concepts. The goal by the end of 5th grade is for students to be able to gather, interpret, and express data using a variety of tools, including databases, documents, spreadsheets, visual organizers, charts and graphs, videos, and simulators. Some of these skills require students to understand code. They should also be able to use readily accessible resources, such as tutorials and databases online, to fix basic technical issues.

Following Code With Us programs align with these standards;

Game Design in Scratch

Software Development in Python

Web Design in HTML, CSS & JavaScript


CS TEKS Standards for Middle School (Grades 6-8)

According to TEKS, middle school students will learn to design and produce graphics and video with code. By the end of 8th grade, students should be able to set up and maintain their own individual learning systems. They can use these systems to partner up and publish with their classmates or other people on online networks like blogs, discussion forums, or other interesting forms of communication. They are encouraged to figure out the cause of any technical issues and work together to solve them.  

Following Code With Us programs align with these standards;

Game Design in Scratch

Software Development in Python

Web Design in HTML, CSS & JavaScript

Software Development in Java


CS TEKS Standards for High School (Grades 9-12)

According to provisions made to TEKS in 2011, high school students should be able to form engaging games and animations, as well as web pages and other interfaces using code. They should also be able to integrate applets, or small apps, into their interfaces to make the experience more interactive. Students are expected to create algorithms to solve various problems.

Following Code With Us programs align with these standards;

Game Design in Scratch

Software Development in Python

Web Design in HTML, CSS & JavaScript

Software Development in Java

Mobile App Design in Swift

K-12 Computer Science Standards

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