21st Century Knowledge and Skills: The New High School Curriculum and the Future of Assessment
- How can we educate for democratic participation, fulfilling careers, and productive members of the national and global society?
- What are the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that are needed in the 21st century?
- What is the purpose of the curriculum and what can be measured, as well as what cannot be measured?
We will address these questions and more in CERPP’s upcoming 2012 conference.
- 21st Century Knowledge and Skills will discuss the alignment of high school curricula and college expectations, and present the latest thinking on the national core curriculum and international models of excellence.
- We will also demonstrate concretely how these will take shape in schools, and explore how high schools will look in the near future.
- Furthermore, the most trusted sources in testing and assessment will speak candidly about the innovations and limitations of both.
We would like to gratefully acknowledge all of our sponsors for contributing to the excellence of the conference:
- College Board
- Educational Testing Service (ETS)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Lumina Foundation
- University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
We would also like to thank the USC Rossier School of Education for its support of Rossier faculty, staff and graduate students to attend our conference.
Presentations and Sessions
Please click on each day for the conference blog.
- 21st Century Skills, Knowledge, Habits, and Values
- The Alignment and Misalignment of High School and College Expectations
- Common Core State Standards and the National Assessment Consortia
- International Standard Setting: New Methods, New Questions, Learning Objectives and Advanced Assessment
- Curriculum Innovations: Global Perspectives and International Standards: How Learning Objectives and Assessments Translate into Curriculum
- Teachers and Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities for Standards Implementation
- Advancing Learning District-wide: Public Education at a Crossroads: A Call for Quality Education
- Non-cognitive Contributors to College and Career Success
- Perspectives: Media, Politics, and the Responsibility of Higher Education
- Implications for Policy and Practice
Speakers and Available Presentations
- Dr. Jaime Aquino, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Los Angeles Unified School District –Public Education at a Crossroads
- Dr. Harry Brighouse, Professor of Philosophy and Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison – Cultivating the 21st Century Mind
- Dr. David T. Conley, CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC); Founder & Director, Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR); Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Oregon – Alignment, Misalignment & Real Approaches to Improvement
- Dr. Morgan Polikoff, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Southern California – Teachers and Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities for Standards Implementation
- Ms. Carolyn Adams, Assessment Director, International Baccalaureate (IB) –Leadership for Improved Student Achievement
- Dr. David Cash, Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District
- Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Vanderbilt University
- Mr. Roderick Chu, Chancellor Emeritus, Ohio Board of Regents – Perspectives: Media, Politics, and the Responsibility of Higher Education
- Mr. Drew Deutsch, Director, International Baccalaureate (IB) Americas
- Mr. Ted Hill, Headmaster, Chadwick School
- Dr. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions, University of Texas at Austin
- Mr. Scott Jaschik, Editor and Co-founder, Inside Higher Ed
- Mr. Allison Jones, Sr. Fellow for Postsecondary Engagement, Achieve; Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) –The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
- Dr. Patrick Kyllonen, Sr. Research Director, Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
- Dr. Christyan Mitchell, Sr. Research Associate, WestEd; SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) – SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
- Mr. Trevor Packer, Vice President, Advanced Placement (AP) – Redesigning High-Stakes Assessments to Measure 21st Century Knowledge and Skills
- Dr. David Payne, Vice President and COO, Higher Education Division, Educational Testing Service (ETS) – The Role of Noncognitive Skills in Academic Success
- Mr. Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dr. Tristian Stobie, Director of Education, University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) – The Educational Challenge
Philosophy and Education
- Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century by Howard Gardner
- “Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education” by Jacqueline King
- Common Core State Standards website
- SMARTER Balanced organizational website
- Achieve organizational website
- “Sorting to Extremes” by Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson
Media Coverage and Related Articles
- “USC conference examines keys to students’ success” – Merrill Balassone – USC News (1/18/2012)