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 21 st 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?
Prelude: Assessment for the 21st Century.- Human Action and Social Groups as the Natural Home of Assessment: Thoughts on 21st Century Learning and Assessment.- Growing Learning and Assessment in the 21st Century.- Aiming at Learning: Assessment as the Critical Link.- Sharpening the Aim: Making Strides to Create an Assessment Culture in Schools.- Using Evidence Centered Design to Think About Assessments.- Thinking About Assessments in a Transitional Time.- Participatory Assessment of 21st Century Proficiencies.- Making Assessment Relevant to Students, Teachers, and Schools.- Automated Essay Scoring in a High Stakes Testing Environment.- Assessing Change in Learners' Causal Understanding Using Sequential Analysis and Causal Maps.- Development and Use of a Tool for Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in Grades K-12.- Epilogue: Achieving Quality 21st Century Assessment.
Presents innovations in assessment from a variety of perspectives
Focus on innovative ideas to overcome barriers in current assessment practices
Focus on: authentic assessment in contextualized environment, evidence-centered assessment design; role of teachers