21st Century Outcomes and Assessments

21st Century Outcomes and Assessments

The Challenge

The primary ways we define and measure student and school success today do not capture the full set of knowledge and skills students need for college, career, civic participation, and life. Furthermore, these measures do not provide families, students, educators, and policymakers with information on outcomes important to them—like school culture, social-emotional learning, student engagement, and family involvement.

While standardized tests capture some highly important dimensions of academic achievement, students, families, communities, and employers also care about skills not covered on those tests—things like critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, social-emotional skills, self-awareness, responsibility, and understanding cultures different from one’s own. We need to value and measure student learning in these broader and deeper areas.

Our Work to Address It

We’re working to build understanding and awareness of the different ways student and school success can be defined and measured—through research, publications, storytelling, and more—and are advocating for changes to state and district policies, to enable and encourage those broader and deeper measures.