The recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with greater flexibility to design accountability systems that use multiple measures of assessment beyond test scores. Educators and policymakers are increasingly realizing the need for more sophisticated curricula and assessments in order to prepare students to successfully function in a global economy.
Ideally, learning should be student-centered, with students learning anywhere and anytime, using digital technologies and receiving credit for these learning opportunities. This kind of learning should provide students with many chances to direct, reflect, and improve on their learning, to better understand their strengths and learning challenges, and to have multiple ways of showing what they have learned and be able to advance to the next level, course, or grade based on demonstrations of their knowledge and skills. Curricula and assessments should reflect this kind of learning that challenges students to problem-solve, engage in critical thinking, communicate effectively, and apply their learning to real-world situations.
This forum will showcase schools that are supporting meaningful learning by putting in place higher quality assessments. YouthBuild Charter School of California, a competency-based, dropout recovery school uses applied, project-based learning and authentic assessments to measure student growth. Building 21 Ferguson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a non-selective, competency-based public high school that allows students to design their own personalized learning pathways. Denver Center for International Studies is part of the Asia Society and prepares students for college by having students curate a portfolio of their best work, guided by four domains of global leadership, to earn a Certificate in International Studies Diploma.
Phil Matero, Founder & Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Rudy Cuevas, Chief Collaboration Officer & Principal, YouthBuild Charter School of California with student representative
Laura Shubilla, Founder, Building 21 with student representative
Theresa McCorquodale, Principal, Denver Center for International Studies