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Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
National Research Council
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This report describes key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. This includes such skills as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to...

Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Adriana Martinez
Jennifer Davis Poon
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This document provides an overview of the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) vision for student-centered learning and a Logic Model to guide states as they explore unique pathways toward this shared vision. The document provides examples of how state chiefs are using the Logic Model to put their...

State Examples
Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Stephanie Aragon
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This primer is created for state policymakers seeking to modify instruction and assessment policies to better engage today’s students. The primer defines deeper learning, explains how it overlaps with other active learning strategies and describes how it can be, and is being, accomplished at the...

State Examples
The Center for Innovation & Transformation in Education
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The authors of this paper from The Center for Innovation & Transformation in Education, define deeper learning as "directly linked to college- and career-readiness. It achieves this by shifting the focus of education to one in which students: master core academic content; develop the ability...

Equity Issues
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Monica Martinez
Dennis McGrath
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This paper featuers case studies and policy implications highlighting the importance and challenges of closing the academic achievement gaps for students of color.  The paper advocates and outlines policies to help ensuring that all students have an opportunity to pursue postsecondary success....

Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Robert Rothman
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This resource focuses on the importance of adopting multiple policies to adequately help schools focus on “21st century skills,” deeper learning competencies—the ability to use knowledge to think critically and solve problems, to communicate effectively, to collaborate, to reflect on learning—...