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.