Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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
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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. (2011)
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Computing at School. (n.d.). Retrieved June 2013
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Dorling, Mark. (2013). CAS Computing Progressions Pathways (Y1) to KS3 (Y9) by topic
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International Society for Technology in Education Student Standards. (2007)
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Massachusetts K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide. EDC, 2017
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Mass.Gov Parents and Youth. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2016
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Standards for the 21st Century Learner. (2007)

DLCS Instructional Resources

DLCS Implementation Support

DLCS Ambassadors - A cadre of educators, our "DLCS Ambassadors" are available to assist schools and districts across the state become sure to creat link to email familiar with the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework and curricular units that integrate computation thinking standards in Elementary grades 1-6. Districts and event organizers can request an Ambassador by emailing

DLCS Contact

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Anne DeMallie781-338-3527

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
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