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McREL helps CYBER.ORG develop K–12 learning standards for cybersecurity

By August 5, 2021September 7th, 2021No Comments

August 4, 2021 | Louisiana-based CYBER.ORG has created the nation’s first-ever set of K–12 content standards for student learning about cybersecurity. Developed with McREL’s help, the standards aim to help teachers inform students about cybersecurity issues and careers, addressing what it calls “the growing cybersecurity workforce crisis.”

CYBER.ORG, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says that there are more than 464,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., even as the country faces “an onslaught of sophisticated cyberattacks.”

The new standards are “the first national effort to align cybersecurity learning criteria across all 50 states,” according to CYBER.ORG. “States now have the option to adopt the K–12 cybersecurity learning standards ahead of the 2022–2023 school year.”

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