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How we live, work, play and learnhas been dramatically transformed by technology over the past 20 years. We need different skills today than we did in the 20th century, and educational institutions have a critical role to play in developing those skills. But by and large, primary and secondary schools have not kept pace with the changing skill sets that students need to succeed. In fact, there’s nothing broad-based in place right now to determine whether our schools are doing well at teaching these skills. Governments as well as schools need to know what works and what doesn’t.

Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. unveiled plans in January 2008 to sponsor a project to research and develop new approaches, methods and technologies for measuring the success of 21st-century teaching and learning in classrooms around the world. The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) project is focused on defining those skills and developing ways to measure them. Transforming education requires a multi-stakeholder partnership to make a scalable and sustainable difference in classrooms around the world.

Since the launch of the program there has been significant progress in regards to assessments.  We are excited to announce that the ATC21S consortium will be represented at the next Educational World Forum (EWF), to be held in London from January 9th to 11th, 2012. The EWF is a prestigious global summit for education ministers and brings together government representatives, industry leaders, and major organizations from around the world. Several members of our consortium will represent the ATC21S project. Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond will discuss the policy implications of our project on a plenary panel and there will be a dedicated workshop on the ATC21S project in a ministerial breakout session.

For more information on the ATC21S project please visit www.atc21s.org

For more information on the Education World Forum, visit http://www.ewf2011.org/press-release-mango.html

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