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ERIC Number: EJ894820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
An "A" in Abstractions
Tullis, Paul
T.H.E. Journal, v37 n3 p26-28, 30, 32 Mar 2010
If a district head or state superintendent wanted to intensify the focus of his curriculum on 21st century skills, he would do well to pay a visit to Tucson's Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD). There on the Arizona city's northeastern edge, educators and administrators have decided to go all in on 21st century skills, and in so doing have revamped every subject area from K through 12. Core subjects and courses remain, but the traditional emphasis on content mastery has had to clear some space for teaching of a dozen higher-order skills the district's new strategic plan has identified as critical to students' footing in the new century, such as teamwork, self direction, and leadership. Mary Jo Conery, CFSD's assistant superintendent for 21st century learning explains that the backbone of the district's redesigned curriculum is a meticulous system of performance rubrics that describes what is expected of students across every subject in every grade in each of the 12 designated learning skills. The attention being given to assessment represents a push forward for the 21st century skills movement, from explaining and advocating for 21st century skills to figuring out how to test and report on how well students are grasping them. This article describes the differences between traditional and 21st century assessments and explains how 21st century assessments are actively being used in schools today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona