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Ally Wenzel, on the ISED List has the excellent suggestion of networking around the process of integrating "21st Century Skills" into the curriculum. Along these lines, St. Gregory School's faculty is reading Tony Wagner's Global Achievement Gap. Jonathan Martin says, "We are going to spend the fall seeking to understand broadly the implications and applications of what Wagner calls 'Schools That Work.' It is good to emphasize learning *and* assessment. At St. Gregory we are going to to use the principle of 'what gets measured gets done,' (and backwards design), and focus primarily on assessment. We are going to entirely revamp report cards and other reporting of student progress, using Guskey and Bailey's book as our guide. We will ensure our teachers are assessing and reporting their students' progress toward mastery of 21st century skills, with the belief that this will drive their better facilitation of such learning. We are also devising a dashboard of school-wide measurements of our learning goals, and we will ensure that some of those measurements survey our students' mastery of critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and collaboration skills. We are just embarking and defining what all these measurements will be, knowing that some will be alumni surveying, but we
have already implemented two important new measurements, the High School
Survey of Student Engagement
and, even more pointedly, the College and Work Readiness Assessment."

Is your school pursuing similar plans? If so, can you share your process here? If you have any files or document to share, please upload them!

Tags: 21st, assessment, century, curriculum, skills

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My school just started the CWRA this year in the upper school. The official process is for freshmen to take it in the Fall and our Seniors to take it in the Spring. So far, our seniors from last year place pretty high along the continuum. I teach 8th grade English and I share the sample test with my 8th graders in Spring so that they are familiar with it and recognize it the following year. So far, our students love this kind of assessment and their feedback echos the feedback on the CWRA's website. I hope this will be the diagnostic tool of the future.

"...the High School
Survey of Student Engagement and, even more pointedly, the College and Work Readiness Assessment."

Thanks for sharing these some time ago. I've been reading all about and it is all very impressive. I'd love to hear more from others about how this is working out at their school. I see schools in their published list.

Also wondering about the process you under took in your school to start this kind of program evaluation. Is your school still involved? If so, what have you learn from the studies?

Thanks!

 

Linda

 

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