Learning.com has begun a beta administration for its new 21st century skills assessment that aligns to the "refreshed" 2007 ISTE NETS-S standards, and includes a portfolio assessment.
More than 3,000 students nationwide are being assessed with Learning.com’s newest assessment, designed to go beyond assessing whether students are proficient using technology tools. The new psychometrically valid assessment focuses on student proficiency in 21st century skills, including creativity, collaboration, the ability to demonstrate information fluency, practice safe and legal use of technology, and troubleshoot systems and applications, among others. The assessment is aligned to the 2007 refresh of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).
The final assessment will be released in early 2009 and will include:
* elementary and middle schools versions
* a blend of multiple choice, knowledge-based questions and interactive, performance-based questions
* project-based portfolio assessment and rubrics for teachers to score student responses,
* both pre and post assessments
* multiple levels of proficiency reporting
* reports at the district, school, class and student levels.
For statewide implementations, the assessment provides aggregated reporting for students in every district in which it is administered.
Source: Learning.com, www.learning.com