Assessing Students’ 21st Century Skills

As my ECMP Class engages more in discussions regarding implementing technology, topics of assessing our implementation and assessing the students proficiency are starting to come up. The Technology Integration Matrix was a good way to assess our own progress, however I always wondered about assessing the students.

This rubric posted by Henrico County Public Schools provides a thorough outline of markers to look for in student progress. Although I agree with the criteria provided, I cannot help feeling anxious about fostering student progress to the highest level. Of all of the schools I have been in, the majority of students and teachers are only meeting the lowest level. I am concerned about the dominant culture of schooling that still exists whereby paper and pencil assessments and tools still dominate the educational experience. I have no reservations about starting to make changes, however the task seems daunting.

For more information, research and ideas to get started, explore http://www.p21.org/

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