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Center for Assessment team members write and present extensively on topics relating to assessment and accountability. As part of our mission and in order to increase and improve assessment and accountability practices nationally, we make our guides, presentations, papers, reports and other resources widely available.

Measuring Student Success Skills: A Review of the Literature on Self-Directed Learning

There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to self-directed learning. Key initial questions include: What is self-directed learning? How is self-directed learning related to other success skill concepts? And how do self-directed learning skills develop over time? This foundational information is then used to examine (a) instructional approaches to promote self-directed learning, (b) benefits of self-directed on valued student outcomes, and (c) ways teachers can collect evidence that reveals the benefits of student self-directed learning outcomes using student artifacts and other appropriate measures.

Authors:
W. Christopher Brandt
Date:
2020-03-31
Measuring Student Success Skills: A Review of the Literature on Critical Thinking

There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to critical thinking. Key initial questions include: What is critical thinking? How is critical thinking related to other success skill concepts? And to what extent does critical thinking develop over time? This foundational information will then be used to examine (a) instructional approaches to promote critical thinking, (b) benefits of critical thinking on valued student outcomes such as student learning, and (c) ways teachers can collect evidence that reveals the benefits of student critical thinking outcomes using student artifacts and other appropriate measures

Authors:
Carla Evans
Date:
2020-03-31
Measuring Student Success Skills: A Review of the Literature on Collaboration

There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in
the research literature related to collaboration. Key initial questions include: What is collaboration? How is collaboration related to other success skill concepts? And to what extent does collaboration develop over time? This foundational information will then be used to examine (a) instructional approaches to promote collaboration, (b) benefits of collaboration on valued student outcomes such as student learning, and (c) ways teachers can collect evidence that reveals the benefits of student collaborative outcomes using student artifacts and other appropriate measures.

Authors:
Carla Evans
Date:
2020-03-31
Addressing The Alignment Challenge Associated With The Use Of College Admissions Tests Under ESSA

Senior Associate, William Lorié, analyzes the policy challenges and provides recommendations associated with having college admissions tests meet federal assessment requirements under ESSA.

Authors:
William Lorié
Date:
2020-03-23
Assessment and Accountability Recommendations for the Next Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Executive Director Scott Marion, Associate Director Chris Domaleski, and Center Associate Chris Brandt offer a set of assessment and accountability recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Additionally, they recommend changes to the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act as well as for a federally-supported research and evaluation agenda.

Authors:
Scott Marion
Chris Domaleski
Chris Brandt
Date:
2020-01-28