Publications & Reports

MassCAN's Publications & Reports:

MassCAN Action Plans for Scaling K–12 Computer Science in Massachusetts is the initial document that MassCAN prepared to guide its early-stage work. The report comprises four specific plans to provide a focus for the Task Forces in the areas of Standards, Curriculum, Professional Development, and Public Awareness.

MassCAN Resource Briefs—annotated references to relevant documents, reports, websites, and other publications—were designed to provide the members of the Computer Science Standards, Curriculum, and Professional Development Task Forces with baseline resources to support their work.

The MassCAN Strategic Plan 2015–2018 presents the project’s high-level objectives, the implementation of which will be prioritized and staggered over three years. The objectives are broken down into three elements: policy, programming, and operations and communications.

The MassCAN 2016, 2017, and 2018 Annual Reports address MassCAN’s Strategic Framework and operations. Each report includes several detailed appendices.

The Massachusetts K–12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide was designed to assist superintendents, teachers, and parents in broadly understanding a number of computer science curriculum and tools, organized by elementary, middle, and high school grade bands. A common template was used for each curriculum and tool, which aids users in identifying commonalities among their key features.

State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education, co-authored by EDC, MassCAN,, the Education Commission of the States, Expanding Computing Education Pathways, and SageFox Consulting Group, was a collaborative effort to provide an overview of the progress of all 50 states in implementing policies in 10 key areas to advance K–12 computer science education.

2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework, the product of a process co-facilitated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, EDC, and MassCAN, presents standards that aim to do the following:

  • Address core concepts in four key domains: Computing and Society, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Computing Systems, and Computational Thinking
  • Integrate practices necessary to successfully act in a technological world
  • Present coherent progressions of core concepts and practices from grades K to 12
  • Complement other Massachusetts curriculum frameworks

Increasing Access to High School Level Computer Science, a June 2018 report published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, provides information for designing a strategy to enable all students to study and succeed in computer science in Massachusetts schools, particularly students of color, female students, low-income students, students with disabilities, and English learners. The report includes three sections:

  • Definitions and data
  • Computer science course-taking patterns and student access, 2016–2017
  • Recommendations for expanding access and studying results

Links to the above publications are on found on this page.