I was asked what skills I would want to assess if I were to reform "standards-based" education. David Gibson, who will be one of our participants in a MacArthur Peer-to-Peer Pedgagogy HASTAC Scholars Workshop next fall, posed this question. Here are the skills I think are important and that I'd love to be able to assess in a meaningful way.
* Do our current methods of assessment address the new "search" method of nonlinear thinking of digital youth today?
*What would a test for "continuous partial attention"--its upside and its down--look like?
*Are we sure that there is an epidemic of attention and learning disorders, or are we testing new skills and kids with new skills by standards designed for the Industrial Age?
*How do you test gamer, customizing, strategizing skills?
*How do you test collaborative, cooperative skills?