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The Digital Studies (0.5 credit) requirement for secondary school graduation is intended to advance students from being computer users to being computationally literate creators. To achieve this, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may choose for students to take one of six approved courses or meet the need of graduation requirements pertaining to Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Rules.
The Digital Studies credit includes competencies associated with the field/discipline of computing, aligned to current trends in technology, provide problem solving, reasoning, communication, and computational thinking.
Should you have any additional questions, please contact:
Kristina Yamada, Specialist
Computer Science and Information Technology
Phone: (801) 538-7849 | E-mail
Racheal Routt, Specialist
Business, Finance and Marketing
Phone: (801) 538-7946 | E-mail
Business Office Specialist (9-12) - 32.02.00.00.216
Computer Programming 1 (10-12) - 35.02.00.00.030
Computer Science Principles (9-12) - 35.02.00.00.035
Digital Business Applications (9-12) - 32.02.00.00.150
Exploring Computer Science 1 (9-12) - 35.02.00.00.007
When was the Digital Studies requirement approved?
On April 15, 2016, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved R277-700, as amended, on third and final reading. The following changes were incorporated:
1. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must move the one-half (0.5) Computer Technology credit to the 8th grade in the 2017-2018.
2. The one-half (0.5) Computer Technology credit for high school will be replaced with one-half (0.5) Digital Studies credit, and additional courses will be allowed for this credit.
Is passing one of the approved courses the only way that a student can meet the Digital Studies requirement?
Board Rule R277-705 directs LEAs to “establish a policy, in an open meeting, explaining the process and standards for acceptance and reciprocity of credits earned by a student in accordance with state law.” Thus, LEAs may determine multiple ways for students to meet the Digital Studies requirement. LEAs should consider student competency models and/or other LEA approved options by which students can meet the competencies of the Digital Studies high school requirement.
What endorsement is required to teach Digital Studies?
Digital Studies is a secondary school graduation requirement; it is not a course in itself. Endorsement requirements are linked to the approved courses.
If a student has already taken Computer Technology does he/she need to take another course?
Through the 2017-2018 school year, Computer Technology may still be offered by an LEA and will fulfill the Digital Studies requirement.
If a student uses one of these six courses to complete his/her Digital Studies requirement, can he/she still use that class to help complete a CTE Career Pathway?
Will the six CTE courses that fulfill the Digital Studies requirement be included in the list of funded CTE courses for Skill Certification?
What is the difference between Digital Studies and Digital Literacy?
Digital Literacy is currently a 0.5 unit course requirement for students in the 8th grade. However, the Utah State Board of Education is allowing LEAs to apply for a one-year waiver to the Digital Literacy requirement. Waiver requests can be sent to the State Board of Education for approval.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules
R277-700-6: High School Requirements
R277-700-7: Student Mastery and Assessment of Core Standards
R277-705-3: Required Local Eduation Agency (LEA) Policy Explaining Student Credit