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Using 'Self-Initiated Transfer' To Drive 21st Century Assessment

Using 'Self-Initiated Transfer' To Drive 21st Century Assessment | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

"Testing is a major challenge in education.

Agreeing on what’s to be tested and how it’s to be administered is a matter of much debate. It’s also a big business...

[Common Core testing may include] adaptive computer-based testing to the existing assessments forms, which in many states include short-written responses. While efforts like these continue, there remains a chasm between the progressive vision of a 21st century learning environment, and a decidedly 20th century assessment style.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 1, 2014 7:40 PM

If the goal in education is to graduate students whom are 21st century ready (a century we are already 14 years into) the question of appropriate testing comes up. This post explores this issue and shares what may be taking place in a classroom and how it is not necessarily testable with paper and pencil. Therefore as educators we need to "promote self-initiated transfer." 

The post is split into three sections. The first section looks at testing today. The second section provides "a picture of 21st century learning." The third section explores the challenge, the fact that in theory we are teaching one way and assessing a different way (and as they refer to it in the post, we may be teaching 21st century but we are using an assessment tool that is 20th century). The final section explores one possible solution.

There is much to ponder on in this post which may lead you to think of ways to help students take ownership of learning how to effectively transfer knowlege.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 2, 2014 2:59 PM

Indeed, much of the learning students will do isn't testable by paper & pencil. Computer-based testing doesn't measure the skills students will need for their future. 

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What Do Teachers Want? A Look at Two Surveys about Teachers

What Do Teachers Want? A Look at Two Surveys about Teachers | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

A look at two surveys with very different results. The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher "showed that teachers across the nation are demoralized and that their job satisfaction has dropped precipitously since 2009. The proportion thinking of leaving teaching has gone from 17 percent to 29 percent, a 70 percent increase in only two years."
Yet a second survey, Primary Sources: 2012 (conducted ty Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) "found that 51 percent of teachers plan to teach "as long as I am able," even past retirement age, and another 32 percent expect to teach until they reach retirement age. So while MetLife concluded that 29 percent were ready to quit, Scholastic-Gates tallied this group as 16-17 percent."
If you are interested in learing more about what teachers want take the time to read this post.


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