Assessment practices for 21st century learning: review of evidence

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Assessment practices for 21st century learning: review of evidence

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Hanna Siarova, Dalibor Sternadel, Rūta Mašidlauskaitė

NESET II Analytical Report No 1/2017, August 2017

The social and economic transformations of contemporary knowledge societies demand new ways of thinking and learning. Knowledge alone is not sufficient; a broader range of skills and abilities is needed to navigate a moving landscape characterised by the increasing importance of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The European key competence framework identified eight key competences supported by seven transversal skills necessary for personal fulfilment, active citizenship and all-rounded development in the 21st century.

While the implementation of the key competence framework has been on the agenda of all Member States, policies and practices for the assessment of these competences have yet to be fully implemented in EU countries’ efforts to integrate competence-based education into school curricula.

This report reviews international research to demonstrate how European education systems can improve their assessment practices to measure and support students’ acquisition of key competences and transversal skills.