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Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS)

Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovative and creative careers of the future. In Massachusetts, DLCS instruction includes the areas of computing and society, digital tools and collaboration, computing systems, and computational thinking.

Although, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science are distinctive in nature, it is essential to take an inclusive approach to teaching and preparing our students for today's modern society.

The standards represent the core elements of digital literacy and computer science, not the totality of each.

DLCS Learning Standards

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2016 DLCS Curriculum Framework

DLCS Instructional Resources

  • DLCS 5–12 License

  • Professional Development Resources

  • Curriculum Planning Tools

    Review Rubrics:

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    DLCS in Mathematics
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    DLCS in Science
    Piloting new curriculum? DESE and EDC have developed rubrics to help educators determine the quality, rigor, and alignment of lessons and units to the 2016 MA DLCS Curriculum Framework.
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    Massachusetts K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide (2017)
    This guide helps school districts choose the computer science (CS) curricula that best suit their communities' needs. The guide was developed as part of an initiative for school districts to accelerate the creation of classroom opportunities for learning CS that are standards based, high quality, career relevant, and accessible to all students at all grade levels.
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    Commonwealth Virtual Schools (CMVS)
    Students may take courses offered by a CMVS if the district and the CMVS have entered into an agreement to provide such courses. As for any coursework outside of school, parents/guardians should know in advance how the virtual course will be treated in terms of grades, course credit, and grade point average (GPA). Two virtual schools currently operate in Massachusetts: Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School (GCVS) and TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA).

    2016 DLCS Framework Curriculum Crosswalks:

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    KIBO Robot Kits, from KinderLab Robotics, Inc., are specifically designed for young children ages 4–7.
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    Scratch Jr. is a free iOS, Android, and Chromebook application targeted to students in grades K–2. Scratch Jr offers three stand-alone curricula that each comprise multiple lessons: Animated Genres, Playground Games, and Reinforcing Math and Literacy.
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    STEM+C Integrated Modules are integrated curriculum modules developed by the NSF funded Broadening Participation of Elementary Students and Teachers in Computer Science. This partnership is developing and testing 17 STEM+C Integration Modules (STEM+C I-Mods) designed to integrate computational thinking into math and science lessons in grades 1–6.

    Middle to High School
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    Advance Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is a college level course and goes beyond the DLCS standards in depth and rigor. This crosswalk compares AP CSP Learning Objective and the DLCS Standards. Any College Board Approved AP CSP curriculum will conform to the learning objectives used in this analysis.
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    Bootstrap: Algebra is a 20–25- hour introductory module that integrates computer programming and algebra.
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    Exploring Computer Science (ECS) was developed with support from the National Science Foundation's Broadening Participation in Computing division. ECS is a yearlong course developed around a framework of both computer science content and computational practice and meets 85% of the grade 9–12 DLCS standards.

    The Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation, offers schools and teachers the opportunity to introduce computer science to students through ECS.
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    NFTE Startup Tech is a blended learning tech-entrepreneurship course that asks students to identify ways to improve their world and to build marketable digital solutions using MIT App Inventor. Students create an original app that addresses a community need, develop a corresponding original abbreviated business plan and marketing materials, and present in a Startup Showcase expo for the chance to win funding and publicity.

    Any digital literacy and computer science curriculum providers wishing to be added to this list are welcomed to submit their curriculum learning objectives and the Massachusetts DLCS Framework crosswalk(s) for review and approval to Include "Crosswalk Submission Request" in the subject line.

  • Classroom Resources

  • DLCS Networks and Associations

  • Grant Opportunities

  • DLCS Data: Participation and Job Market

DLCS Contact

NamePhone Number
Anne DeMallie781-338-3527

Last Updated: November 14, 2018
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