Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hurry! PARCC PRC Website Will Expire Soon.


Dear PRC Registered User:

Thank you very much for your use of the Partnership Resource Center's resources. Since the PRC's launch, free access to all of these resources has been made possible through a grant.

On July 31st, the grant funding will expire, so effective August 1st, your access will revert to public user. You can continue to visit the PRC portal as a public user and access a large number of resources, such as PDF versions of PARCC's released items and many of the resources in the Digital Library. In addition, visitors can use the "Ad Hoc" Technology Readiness Tool, some of the social sharing features of the Digital Library, and participate in open access Professional Learning Courses.

If you have any questions about PRC access or would like to refer us to the best contact in your district to explore options for preferred access, please write to us at:learn@parccinc.org.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Parcc Inc. Team

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards


On June 28th, 2016, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the 2016 Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards, updating digital literacy expectations and giving Massachusetts students their first statewide computer science curriculum framework.

Are you wondering who helped develop these next generation standards?  Feel free to check out a full list of contributing Massachusetts educators and industry representatives.  The new standards are intended to prepare all students to engage with technology in the context of civic life, college and work.

Districts could begin using the standards as soon as this September, and DESE will continue to collaborate with Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) to help districts with implementation.  In addition, DESE is partnering with Education Development Center (EDC) on a $2.1 million, three-year National Science Foundation STEM+C Design and Development grant to develop elementary school curriculum units that integrate computational thinking in mathematics and science lessons.