Digital Design Team

A Section of ELB | OCID


Computer Science

What is Computer Science?


All Hawaii State Department of Education students will graduate with foundational Computer Science knowledge and skills to thrive in our increasingly digital world.


To provide equitable access to high quality Computer Science education to all preK-12 students within the Hawaii State Department of Education.

As the foundation for all computing, computer science is “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society” (Tucker et. al, 2006, p. 2).   

Source: K–12 Computer Science Framework. (2016). Retrieved from

CS Standards and Practices

CS Core Concepts Graphic


The core concepts of the framework represent major content areas in the field of Computer Science.

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The seven core practices of Computer Science describe the behaviors and ways of thinking that computationally literate students use to fully engage in today’s data-rich and interconnected world.

Equity in Computer Science

Equity and diversity in Computer Science bring innovative solutions far more quickly and with greater relevance to our diverse population.  The number of schools offering CS as a foundational subject is critical to the nation’s economy and security. In 2022 Hawaii averaged 2,589 open computing jobs each month.  These jobs have a salary of $83,548.  Yet, there were only 154 graduates in CS in 2019.

Equity Statistics Graphic
Equity Statistics Graphic
Equity Statistics Graphic

Computer Science Professional Development

The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design (OCID) - Digital Design Team (DDT) - Computer Science (CS) program offers CS-related consultation and professional development opportunities.  For school-level or complex area PD support requests contact the DDT CS Support Team at

Support Team: Computer Science

Brett Tanaka

Brett Tanaka
(808) 784-6485

Miki Cacace

Ms. Cacace
(808) 784-6492


Google Space is a collaboration hub that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done.

To join the HIDOE Computer Science Google Space, use the following join link: 

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