Tuesday, March 3, 2009

21st Century Assessment

At WHS, a committee has existed for nearly 2 years that has sought to understand how we assess our students' success. At times, our discussions have focused on understanding structural hindrances and designing a comprehensive program of assessment that would most reflect the skill-set we hope our students would have. Other times, our discussions have strayed to more philosophical ideologies about the purpose of assessment in its many forms. Individuals have raised great ideas about student portfolios or project based assessments. Regardless of the idea or topic, however, conversations inevitably wander into a content or skill driven curriculum...purely academic or interdisciplinary...guided discovery or explicit teaching...so on and so forth...

These discussions have brought me to the epiphany (which should have been obvious in the first place) that no aspect of education can be discussed in isolation. In other words, assessment cannot be discussed without curriculum...without pedagogy...without social learning...without technology

That being said, take a look at the link to a report on 21st century assessment

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