Today’s students face unprecedented challenges in preparing for a more globalized society. While many organizations have worked to define the kinds of skills needed for the 21st century, few have undertaken efforts to measure the application of these skills. Recognizing this, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills commissioned a report from EDC’s Center for Children and Technology (CCT) to inform education leaders on this crucial issue.
The Assessment of 21st Century Skills: The Current Landscape, written by CCT and released by the Partnership, examines current progress worldwide in developing 21st century educational assessments in the areas of global awareness; civic engagement; financial, economic, and business literacy; learning skills that encompass problem-solving, critical-thinking, and self-directional skills; and information and communication technologies literacy.
The report also defines key terms and concepts in the field of measurement, describes current activities in particular content and skill areas, highlights promising assessments under development, and outlines recommendations for making these assessments a more prominent component of the U.S. educational system.
Originally published on September 1, 2005