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Assessing 21st Century Skills

Assessing 21st Century Skills
A Guide to Evaluating Mastery and Authentic Learning

  • Laura M. Greenstein - Montville Public Schools, University of New Haven, USA, University of Connecticut, USA

July 2012 | 264 pages | Corwin
Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests!

The Common Core State Standards clearly define the skills students need for success in college and the 21st century workplace. The question is, how can you measure student mastery of skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? Laura Greenstein demonstrates how teachers can teach and assess 21st century skills using authentic learning experiences and rigorous, varied assessment strategies. Based on the best ideas of renowned experts in education, this book provides a framework and practical ideas for measuring

  • Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition
  • Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy
  • Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness

Included are numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans. Assessing 21st Century Skills gives you the tools and strategies you need to prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

List of Figures
About the Author
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: A Synthesis of 21st Century Skills
Chapter 3: Assessment Fundamentals
Chapter 4: Assessment Strategies
Chapter 5: Assessing Thinking Skills
Chapter 6: Assessing Actions
Chapter 7: Assessing Skills for Living in the World
Chapter 8: Multipurpose Assessments
Chapter 9: Moving Assessment Into the 21st Century

"This is the book we’ve all been waiting for! 21st Century Assessment is timely and right on target. This book is a blend of theoretical and practical and is a must-have title for any educator who wants to truly meet the needs of 21st century learners."

Cindy Corlett, Teacher and Professional Developer
Cimarron Middle School, Rowlock Way, CO

"This unique book on assessment has it all! The author has done a phenomenal job of laying a research-based foundation; defining thinking skills, actions, and skills for living in the world; showing how to incorporate common core standards and technology into the mix; and providing suggestions on how to asses it all. An added bonus is the inclusion of numerous rubrics and checklists, a lesson plan format, and a completed sample lesson plan. With a detailed table of contents, sections clearly labeled, and the inclusion of an index, the book can be used as a textbook or as a handbook."

Julie Prescott, Assessment Coordinator
Vallivue High School, Caldwell, ID

This is an excellent resource for my students needing to have criteria for grading assignments that are non-traditional.

Dr Paul Beaudoin
Humanities Dept, Fitchburg State College
December 6, 2012

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