By: The Institute for the Future of Learning
"Our education system was designed in the nineteenth century to meet the demands of the industrialized economy. For too many communities, school still looks, sounds, and feels much as it did back in the early nineteenth century. However, there are more and more schools, districts, and networks of schools shifting from the ‘one size fits all’ model, and who are doing incredible work to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. These schools focus on ‘deeper learning’ and the development of the ‘whole child.’2 Schools where students engage in rich, real-world projects, develop critical thinking skills, hone their creativity, and learn a greater sense of agency and possibility; and, most importantly, where students’ innate love of learning is nurtured and supported. The purpose of this report is to identify schools where great work in assessing the learning that matters most is underway, to provide an overview of the challenges of the work, and to begin exploring the possibility of an open source database of deeper learning/whole child assessment great practices – all with a view to impacting the broader system."