The Eleventh Annual Southern California Linux Expo
February 22-24, 2013
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Linux Essentials meets Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 standards

Release date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2013

(Los Angeles, CA, USA: February 21, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that its Linux Essentials program which measures foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software has met the requirements of the K-12 Computer Science Standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA: The CSTA has 41 chapters throughout North America and members in 126 countries worldwide.


"Given the educational imperatives that exist today in the United States, this is an important first step to ensure innovative Linux and Open Source technologies are included as part of the regular K-12 curriculum. This will greatly assist educators in their efforts to develop the professional IT workforce of the future. LPI applauds the CSTA on this initiative and is proud to be the first educational resource accepted by the CSTA Curriculum Committee as a resource crosswalk," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.


CSTA "crosswalk" templates designate curricula and other educational resources as aligning with learning standards detailed in the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards ( CSTA standards also align with other US-based educational standards such as Common Core State Standards, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Cluster Topics and Partnership for the 21st Century Essential Skills. LPI's Linux Essentials program is listed as an example of a CSTA resource crosswalk here:


”We know that in this education environment, learning standards are the key to ensuring that students are acquiring the knowledge they need to thrive in our new global information economy. We believe that the steps LPI has taken to ensure consistency and alignment with the CSTA standards are a clear indication of their commitment to excellence in learning and teaching”, said CSTA executive director Chris Stephenson.


Additional information on LPI's Linux Essentials program is located at this web page:


The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and 120,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.


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About the Linux Professional Institute:


The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.


About CSTA:


The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a professional organization of more than 13,000 educators in 127 countries. It supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. To learn more, visit