Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
Founded 2004
Focus Computer Science Education
Area served
Formerly called

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a professional association whose mission to “empower, engage and advocate for K-12 CS teachers worldwide.” It supports and encourages education in the field of computer science and related areas. Started in 2004, CSTA supports computer science education in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, higher education, and industry.[1]


Together with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the CSTA offers the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing. The award provides four $10,000 scholarships to each of four winners along with travel to a reception each February.[2]

Computer Science Education Standards

CSTA publishes a set of recommended Computer Science Standards for kindergarten through high school.[3] CSTA the Association for Computing Machinery publish an interactive State-By-State map showing the degree to which the recommended computer science standards have been included in the state educational standards.[4]

CSTA recommendations for computer science education include beginning introductory lessons as early as kindergarten.[5] A recent report by Association for Computing Machinery and the CSTA, Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age, found that in the United States, most high schools count computer science as an elective and most secondary schools have few educational standards related to computer science.[6] Advocacy Coalition

CSTA is one of the participating organizations in the Advocacy Coalition (previously called Computing in the Core (CinC)).[7] The Advocacy Coalition is a group of organizations that works on public outreach and advocacy to encourage additional support for computer science in the core curriculum and includes members such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Computing Research Association, and others.[8]


CSTA has more than 50 chapters in the United States[9] and international affiliates in Israel, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.[10]


CSTA publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, the CSTA Voice, that highlights issues related to computer science education.[11]


The 2017–2018 CSTA Board of Directors consists of:

  • Fred Martin, Chair
  • Dave Reed, Past Chair
  • David Benedetto, At-Large Representative
  • Doug Bergman, 9-12 Teacher Representative
  • Miles Berry, International Representative
  • Michelle Lagos, At-Large Representative
  • Anthony Owen, State Department Representative
  • Jane Prey, ACM Representative
  • Jennifer Rosato, Teacher Education Representative
  • Vicky Sedgwick, K-8 Teacher Representative
  • Vandana Sikka, Partner Representative
  • Bobby Schnabel, Partner Representative
  • Fran Trees, Chapter Liaison
  • Bryan Twarek, School District Representative
  • Chinma Uche, 9-12 Teacher Representative

CSTA Committees include:

See also


  1. "Computer Science Teachers - About". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. "The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. "Computer Science Education Standards" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. "Running on Empty". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  5. "Computer Science Teacher Certification". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  6. "Education's Most Startling Paradox: K-12 Computer Science Education Declines". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  7. "Computing in the Core (CinC)". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. " Advocacy Coalition". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  9. "CSTA Chapters". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  10. "CSTA Affiliates". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  11. CSTA Voice
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