Assessing 21st Century Skills

A Guide to Evaluating Mastery and Authentic Learning
Author: Laura Greenstein
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452218013
Category: Education
Page: 264
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Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests! This book provides a framework and practical ideas for assessing 21st century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.

Assessing 21st Century Skills

Summary of a Workshop
Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Board on Testing and Assessment,Committee on the Assessment of 21st Century Skills
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309217903
Category: Education
Page: 154
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The routine jobs of yesterday are being replaced by technology and/or shipped off-shore. In their place, job categories that require knowledge management, abstract reasoning, and personal services seem to be growing. The modern workplace requires workers to have broad cognitive and affective skills. Often referred to as "21st century skills," these skills include being able to solve complex problems, to think critically about tasks, to effectively communicate with people from a variety of different cultures and using a variety of different techniques, to work in collaboration with others, to adapt to rapidly changing environments and conditions for performing tasks, to effectively manage one's work, and to acquire new skills and information on one's own. The National Research Council (NRC) has convened two prior workshops on the topic of 21st century skills. The first, held in 2007, was designed to examine research on the skills required for the 21st century workplace and the extent to which they are meaningfully different from earlier eras and require corresponding changes in educational experiences. The second workshop, held in 2009, was designed to explore demand for these types of skills, consider intersections between science education reform goals and 21st century skills, examine models of high-quality science instruction that may develop the skills, and consider science teacher readiness for 21st century skills. The third workshop was intended to delve more deeply into the topic of assessment. The goal for this workshop was to capitalize on the prior efforts and explore strategies for assessing the five skills identified earlier. The Committee on the Assessment of 21st Century Skills was asked to organize a workshop that reviewed the assessments and related research for each of the five skills identified at the previous workshops, with special attention to recent developments in technology-enabled assessment of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In designing the workshop, the committee collapsed the five skills into three broad clusters as shown below: Cognitive skills: nonroutine problem solving, critical thinking, systems thinking Interpersonal skills: complex communication, social skills, team-work, cultural sensitivity, dealing with diversity Intrapersonal skills: self-management, time management, self-development, self-regulation, adaptability, executive functioning Assessing 21st Century Skills provides an integrated summary of the presentations and discussions from both parts of the third workshop.

Assessing 21st Century Skills

A Guide to Evaluating Mastery and Authentic Learning
Author: Laura M. Greenstein
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452269793
Category: Education
Page: 264
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Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests! How can you measure student mastery of 21st century skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? Laura Greenstein provides a framework and practical ideas for using authentic learning experiences and rigorous assessment strategies to engage today’s students. With numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans, this book discusses how to teach and assess: Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness

Teaching & Assessing 21st Century Skills

Author: Robert J. Marzano,Tammy Heflebower
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 0983351228
Category: Education
Page: 128
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As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of change in the world is accelerating. The authors believe a combination of cognitive skills (skills students will need to succeed academically) and conative skills (skills students will need to succeed interpersonally) is necessary for the 21st century. This clear, practical guide presents a model of instruction and assessment based on these skills.

Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

Research and Applications
Author: Esther Care,Patrick Griffin,Mark Wilson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319653687
Category: Education
Page: 276
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This book provides a detailed description of research and application outcomes from the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project, which explored a framework for understanding the nature of these skills. The major element of this new volume is the presentation of research information from the global assessment of two 21st century skills that are amenable to teaching and learning: collaborative problem solving, and learning in digital networks. The outcomes presented include evidence to support the validity of assessment of 21st century skills and descriptions of consequent pedagogical approaches which can be used both to teach the skills and to use them to enhance key learning goals in secondary education systems. The sections of the volume are connected through a focus on the degree to which innovative assessment tasks measure the constructs of interest. This focus is informed by conceptual and methodological issues associated with affordances of 21st century computer-based assessment. How understanding of the nature of the skills, as derived from these assessments, can guide approaches to the integration of 21st century skills in the classroom, is informed by initiatives adopted by participating countries. The guiding questions in this volume are: "Do the assessment tasks measure the constructs?" and "What are the implications for assessment and teaching in the classroom?" It is the third volume of papers from this project published by Springer.

Digital Learning

Strengthening and Assessing 21st Century Skills, Grades 5-8
Author: Ferdi Serim
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111813107X
Category: Education
Page: 240
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An essential resource for teaching and assessing student's use of technology This comprehensive book offers a practical pathway for developing twenty-first-century skills while simultaneously strengthening content-area learning. Digital Learning contains a wealth of research-based practices to integrate the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for both students and teachers. Each of the suggested project-based learning examples (in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Geography) can be used successfully as stand-alone units, but are even more effective when approached in a cross-disciplinary way. Provides detailed descriptions of each of the NETS, how to teach them, and how to know if students are meeting them Includes dozens of activities that integrate the NETS with each content area and align with Common Core standards Gives clear instruction on teaching twenty-first-century skills Includes a complementary DVD with video interviews and project maps to help see how students are progressing The digital learning described in this book has been created to meet the diverse needs of students in a variety of situations.

Technology-based Assessments for 21st Century Skills

Theoretical and Practical Implications from Modern Research
Author: Michael C. Mayrath
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1617356328
Category: Education
Page: 386
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Creative problem solving, collaboration, and technology fluency are core skills requisite of any nation's workforce that strives to be competitive in the 21st Century. Teaching these types of skills is an economic imperative, and assessment is a fundamental component of any pedagogical program. Yet, measurement of these skills is complex due to the interacting factors associated with higher order thinking and multifaceted communication. Advances in assessment theory, educational psychology, and technology create an opportunity to innovate new methods of measuring students' 21st Century Skills with validity, reliability, and scalability. In this book, leading scholars from multiple disciplines present their latest research on how to best measure complex knowledge, skills, and abilities using technology-based assessments. All authors discuss theoretical and practical implications from their research and outline their visions for the future of technology-based assessments.

Innovative Assessment for the 21st Century

Supporting Educational Needs
Author: Valerie J. Shute,Betsy Jane Becker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441965301
Category: Education
Page: 257
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In today’s rapidly changing and information-rich world, students are not acquiring adequate knowledge and skills to prepare them for careers in mathematics, science, and technology with the traditional approach to assessment and instruction. New competencies (e.g., information communication and technology skills) are needed to deal successfully with the deluge of data. In order to accomplish this, new "educationally valuable" skills must be acknowledged and assessed. Toward this end, the skills we value and support for a society producing knowledge workers, not simply service workers, must be identified, together with methods for their measurement. Innovative Assessment for the 21st Century explores the faces of future assessment—and ask hard questions, such as: What would an assessment that captures all of the above attributes look like? Should it be standardized? What is the role of the professional teacher?

Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills

Author: Todd Stanley
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1618212753
Category: Education
Page: 250
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Performance-based assessments allow classroom teachers an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests. We often use fill-in-the bubble assessments in education to determine the readiness of students. However, in the 21st-century workplace, these types of tests fail to truly prepare students. How many times in the real world are we called upon to take a multiple-choice test? In the real world, we are called upon to prove our merit through performance-based assessments, displaying our 21st-century skills. We should be preparing students for this in the classroom. Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills makes the argument that teachers should use performance-based assessments in the classroom. It guides the educator step by step to show how he or she can create performance-based assessments for students, including what they look like, teaching students how to create them, setting the proper classroom environment, and how to evaluate them.

Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Competencies

Author: Charity Allen
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539974437
Page: 118
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Explore key questions focused on how to target, teach and assess 21st Century Competencies. Discover teaching methods, assessment tools, tips from teachers and more in promoting these valuable skills. This guide focuses on the 4 Cs - Collaboration, Creativity & Innovation, Critical Thinking & Presentational Communication. In addition to tackling the 4 Cs, you will also find an extensive section on inquiry. Debunk commonly held misconceptions about inquiry and dive deeper with seven different methods of inquiry relevant to classroom teachers in to achieve greater clarity on inquiry. This guide is packed full of materials, resources, tools, protocols, activities, samples, templates, processes and more. You will be able to use these resources in your own context. The tools, concepts and materials are relevant for teachers in K-12 schools as well as higher education and adult education. This guide also acts as a planning, resource and reference companion to four different workshops on teaching and assessing each of the four Cs - in the Deeper Learning Workshop Series.

Digital Learning Strategies

How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?
Author: Michael Fisher
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416618643
Category: Education
Page: 42
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More than a decade into the 21st century, teachers continue to struggle with designing digital assignments as a viable tool for learning and with assessing the demonstration of that learning through student-created products. Digital tools continue to be used primarily for consumption of available resources rather than in the creation of something new. This publication explores what types of assignments are worth engaging online, how teachers and students can leverage global interactions to improve their work, and how teachers can assess digital projects and other work. Along the way, Fisher offers practical advice on rigor and relevance, digital citizenship, formative assessment, and digital portfolios. With instructional strategies and examples of real student work across the content areas, Digital Learning Strategies will allow readers to develop an understanding of the what, when, why, and how of digital assignments and assessments.

Educational Assessment in the 21st Century

Connecting Theory and Practice
Author: Claire Wyatt-Smith,Joy Cumming
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402099649
Category: Education
Page: 310
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Signs of Change: Assessment Past, Present and Future Another Time, Another Place...Examinations Then and Now In the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam, a series of stone stelae records the names of the handful of illustrious examination candidates who, in each century, passed the national examination to become a Doctor of Literature. Beginning in the 11thcentury,theexamswereconductedpersonallybysuccessivekingswhopursued Confucian ideals that found expression in the enormous value placed on the pursuit of wisdom and learning. In the 21st century we are both puzzled and impressed by this tradition. Puzzled by such an explicit commitment to a meritocracy in an essentially feudal society; impressed by this enthusiasm for learning and the pursuit of wisdom at the highest level of society. Yet, there are also important similarities between the 11th and 21st centuries. Then, as now, assessment was associated with excellence, high standards, pr- tige and competition—success for the chosen few; disappointment for the majority. Then, as now, the pursuit of excellence was embedded in a social context that favoured the elite and determined success in terms of the predilections of the p- erful. Then, as now, the purpose of the assessment, the way it was conducted and its impact on society all re ected the social and economic priorities of the day.

Deeper Learning

Beyond 21st Century Skills
Author: James A. Bellanca
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936763362
Category: Education
Page: 80
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Education authorities from around the globe explore deeper learning, a process that promotes higher-order thinking, reasoning, and problem solving to better educate students and prepare them for college and careers. Relying on research as well as their own experience, the authors show how to use intensive curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership practices to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

How Do We Know They’re Getting Better?

Assessment for 21st Century Minds, K–8
Author: John Barell
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412995280
Category: Education
Page: 247
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Discover how inquiry leads to problem-solving and learn specific steps for pre, formative and summative assessment that informs instruction of 21st century skills such as critical thinking and collaboration.

Web 2.0

New Tools, New Schools
Author: Gwen Solomon,Lynne Schrum
Publisher: ISTE (Interntl Soc Tech Educ
ISBN: 9781564842343
Category: Education
Page: 270
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What can Web 2.0 tools offer educators? Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the classroom and in professional development. Topics include blogging as a natural tool for writing instruction, wikis and their role in project collaboration, podcasting as a useful means of presenting information and ideas, and how to use Web 2.0 tools for professional development. Also included are a discussion of Web 2.0 safety and security issues and a look toward the future of the Web 2.0 movement. Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools is essential reading for teachers, administrators, technology coordinators, and teacher educators.