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Top 5 Innovative Assessments of 21st Century Skills

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: Ballroom A: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)

Cheryl Lemke  
Measure What Matters -- Skills for the 21st Century. Join this session to learn about 5 innovative approaches to assessing 21st Century Skills (e.g., critical thinking, collaboration, self-direction, etc.). Join the discussion about how these approaches could be implemented in your schools.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Browser
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of:
- How to define key 21st Century skills in order to be crystal clear about learner expectations and what exactly will be assessed.
- Five innovative approaches to assessing 21st Century Skills, including embedded assessments, international benchmarking, rubric-based assessments, observation data, and online student assessments with teacher recommendations for improvements.


For each of first 3 innovative approaches:

5 minutes for presenter to introduce the assessment approach and share the research base.
5 minutes for participants to get online and experience the assessment process.
3 minutes for participants to share how they would extend the idea in their own schools/districts in Google doc.

The last two will be presented in 3 minutes each.

Q&A for 10 minutes to enable sharing of ideas in Google doc and using the mics.

Five innovative approaches to assessing 21st Century Skills
1. Rubric-based assessments of evidence-based reasoning.
School wide use of applications such as ThinkCerca to teach and assess structure writing and evidence-based reasoning. Includes a model that provides school wide training for teachers to establish norms and inter-rater reliability of rubric-based scoring, with school wide reporting over time.
2. Content-embedded assessments - extracting items that measure critical thinking. Grade specific uses of data from intelligent adaptive learning systems such as DreamBox. The approach is to extract data on student scores for items for critical thinking and problem solving, and then track data over time for students.
3. International benchmarking for collaborative problem solving. Using the new PISA access for individual schools to internationally benchmark 15-year-old's progress
4. Multiple observation data based on list of "look for's derived from rubric on 21st Century Skill. Sample checklists of "look for's" will be shared, with samples of aggregated data over time.
5. Student app combined with student portfolios to document student progress with evidence of achievement of 21st century skills.

Supporting research

1. Next Generation Assessment: Moving beyond the bubble test to support 21st Century learning https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781119211020

2. Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319653662

3. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking how students learn https://www.solutiontree.com/authors/cheryl-lemke/21st-century-skills.html

4. OECD (2017), "Collaborative problem solving", PISA in Focus, No. 78, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/cdae6d2e-en.

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Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group

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