« Michigan, Rhode Island to Require Education About Genocide in Schools | Main | Critic Claims AP European History Course Downplays Freedom, Faith »

Massachusetts Sets Standards for Computer Science, Digital Literacy

Massachusetts schools could soon be using new standards for teaching computer science and digital literacy.

The state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the new standards, which are voluntary, earlier this week. Schools can begin using them as soon as this fall.

The standard are unique in that they integrate goals for both computational thinking and basic computer use, including how to operate digital tools, use the internet safely, and combat cyberbullying.

"Our next step is to see how we can help develop the capacity to incorporate these standards more fully into the K-12 curriculum," Massachusetts Secretary of Education James A. Peyser said in a press release.

The standards were written by educators and industry representatives and then put out for public review. 

More states and districts are pushing to get computer science into public schools. Virginia recently became the first state to require that all K-12 students learn the subject. Arkansas has also been ahead on the computer science push—every high school in the state must offer computer science courses, and in the next couple of years all elementary and middle school students there will get computer science instruction. However, states haven't generally combined computer science with digital literacy, or the broad skills and behaviors needed to use digital devices and the internet. 


Related stories:


For more news and information on reading, math, and STEM instruction: 

And sign up here to get alerts in your email inbox when stories are published on Curriculum Matters.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more