In this third post in my series about comprehensive student assessment, I will tackle the second of the four quadrants of assessment (learning, relationships, resiliencies and behaviors).
While holistic assessment should always incorporate widely-used standardized testing, it has been my argument that it’s only one measure among several that should be used to really understand student readiness for the challenges of future education and life itself. Part and parcel of that readiness must include the ways in which students are able to leverage relationships with others to navigate life’s challenges. Which is why we must encourage the development of age-appropriate relationship skills at each stage of student development, and score progress on this measure along the way.
The challenges of a 21st Century economy require that we prepare a citizenry for a global economy in which relationships with co-workers, superiors, subordinates, a broader society, and, yes, families will be critical to success. Gone are the days when a person can simply clock in at a factory, find their place at an assembly line and perform rote tasks in isolation for days, and years, on end. While there are still great factory jobs available, they now require technical and team skills that earlier assembly lines did not. In fact, jobs in nearly every sector, including technology, services, healthcare – you name it – require people to have relationship skills in order to be successful.
So how can we inculcate relationship skills and measure growth in this area? And what role can technology play in enabling these twin imperatives?
First, it’s important that we are measuring relationship skills across five competencies:
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