Standardized Tests Vs. 21st Century Skills: Implications For Teacher Education
Neal Strudler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States ; Sherwood Jones, University of Nevada, Las Vegas/Clark County School District, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This session will begin by examining the “other achievement gap”—the gap between what is emphasized in standardized assessments and the skills most needed for the 21st Century. Inspired by Tony Wagner’s acclaimed book, The Global Achievement Gap, the presentation will document why even our best schools don't teach the new survival skills students need. The thinking of other policy leaders such as Linda Darling Hammond, Diane Ravitch, and Allan Collins will also be explored. The session will conclude with a discussion of what we as teachers and teacher educators can do to address this critical issue. How much emphasis should we place on schools as they are vs. schools as they should be? How can we balance preparing teacher candidates to thrive in schools obsessed with standardized assessments vs. preparing them to be skilled and committed agents of change? This session will examine key foundational issues for this critical topic and will explore future directions needed to better prepare 21st Century learners and teachers.
Strudler, N. & Jones, S. (2012). Standardized Tests Vs. 21st Century Skills: Implications For Teacher Education. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3091-3093). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).