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New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n2 p19-20 Fall 2008

As New England continues to experience dramatic demographic shifts, it becomes increasingly clear that future prosperity will depend on how well all learners are prepared for postsecondary success. Preparing people for success has always been a moving target of sorts. What skills do people need to become civically engaged and economically self-sufficient? In recent years it has become increasingly evident that while basic skills are essential, the "3 R's" are not enough once learners enter secondary school. So-called "21st century" skills--innovation, creativity, the ability to work as part of a team, and to work through complex problems and find solutions--are becoming increasingly important in the new economy and interconnected world. Measurement and assessment issues follow quickly from any discussion of integrating these "new" skills. It is important to recognize that knowledge is obtained in various ways--through different methods in different places--and begin to measure competency similarly. High-quality varied assessment can only succeed where there is a shared understanding of what is required of learners and educators. In this article, the author explains how multiple forms of assessment may bridge the treacherous gap between high school and college.

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Evaluation, Teamwork, Higher Education, High Schools

New England Board of Higher Education. 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111. Tel: 617-357-9620; Fax: 617-338-1577; e-mail: connection[at]nebhe.org; Web site: http://www.nebhe.org/

Author: Donohue, Nicholas C.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1779&id=EJ850708

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