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The following seven action steps related to assessment are offered for school systems striving for world-class learning systems: 1. Establish a vision for world-class learning standards for all students that includes 21st century skills 2. Research, discuss, and innovate around these standards – within communities of interest 3. Engage students as partners in assessment of these standards 4. Design a fair, balanced, and comprehensive assessment system that serves to motivate and engage students in learning 5. Establish a data culture within your schools that encourages assessment for learning 6. Use technology as a design element for next generation assessments 7. Report summative data publicly at the systems level (national, state, or district level) only

During the 2010 release of the latest PISA results, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría stressed that, “Better educational outcomes are a strong predictor for future economic growth.” 7 In today’s knowledge economy, economic viability is intricately linked to the degree to which a nation’s educational system engages students in higher order, inquiry-based learning. 8 The OECD report also indicated that, “Countries of similar prosperity can produce very different educational results.” 9 Assessment and accountability play a large role in transforming an education system into a learning organization that empowers every child to succeed.



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