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Digital Literacy and Computer Science Products — Overview of Ratings

Through CURATE, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) convenes panels of Massachusetts teachers to review and rate evidence on the quality and alignment of comprehensive core curricular materials, then publish their findings here for educators across the Commonwealth to consult to support informed local decision-making about curricula.

CURATE panels only review core materials that have been found by an independent, teacher-led gateway evaluator to be partially or fully aligned to college- and career-ready standards. Core materials are comprehensive print or digital materials that cover all the knowledge, skills, and practices outlined in the college- and career-ready standards for the content area. They are designed for use as the standalone primary instructional materials for core instruction through which all students access grade-level content standards during a year or semester of study, to support coherent sequence and progression of grade-appropriate knowledge, skills, and practices.

The table below lists materials that have been CURATE-reviewed, including any materials submitted to CURATE but are ineligible for panel review due to misalignment.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science gateway evaluations were completed by STEM Learning Design, with results published in the 2022 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Guide .

CURATE reports are only one component of a robust and transparent process to investigate and select high-quality instructional materials for your localized context. Explore our IMplement MA website to learn more about DESE's inclusive four-phase process, resources, and opportunities to support strong selection of high-quality instructional materials that is grounded in a shared vision, informed by localized equity priorities, and supported by diverse stakeholders.

If you're researching a product you don't see listed here, try the 2022 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Guide . It's possible that it has not yet been submitted to CURATE, or the product has been determined to not meet expectations for alignment to college- and career-ready standards.

Links: DLCS Rubric K–12 , Full reports


  • shaded circle: Meets Expectations Meets Expectations — Most or all evidence indicates high quality; little to none indicates low quality. Materials may not be perfect, but Massachusetts teachers and students would be well served and strongly supported by them.

  • circle with lower half shaded: Partially Meets Expectations Partially Meets Expectations — Some evidence indicates high quality, while some indicates low quality. Teachers in Massachusetts would benefit from having these materials but need to supplement or adapt them substantively to serve their students well.

  • empty circle: Does Not Meet Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations — Little to no evidence indicates high quality; most or all evidence indicates low quality. Materials would not substantively help Massachusetts teachers and students meet the state's expectations for teaching and learning.

  • Question mark in a circle: No Rating No Rating — Evidence is insufficient to generate rating.

Last Updated: April 4, 2024

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