Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Guide to Evaluating Mastery and Authentic Learning

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Corwin Press, Jul 23, 2012 - Education - 264 pages

Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests!

How can you measure student mastery of 21st century skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? Laura Greenstein provides a framework and practical ideas for using authentic learning experiences and rigorous assessment strategies to engage today’s students. With numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans, this book discusses how to teach and assess:

  • Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition
  • Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy
  • Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness

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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 A Synthesis of 21st Century Skills
Chapter 3 Assessment Fundamentals
Chapter 4 Assessment Strategies
Chapter 5 Assessing Thinking Skills
Chapter 6 Assessing Actions
Chapter 7 Assessing Skills for Living in the World
Multipurpose Assessments
Moving Assessment Into the 21st Century
21st Century Rubrics
21st Century Lesson Plan
Questions and Answers

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About the author (2012)

Laura Greenstein has been an educator for over 30 years serving as a teacher, department chair, and school leader in multiple grades and subjects. She combines this background with her experience as a school board member and professional development specialist to bring fresh and original ideas to educators about teaching, learning, and assessing. She consults with schools and districts and presents at workshops and conferences locally and nationally.

As an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and the University of New Haven, she teaches Human Development and Assessment to undergraduate and graduate students and more recently, Teaching, Learning, and Assessing with Technology in the 6th year Digital Literacy program. She has a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. from the State University of New York at Oneonta in education, a 6th year from Sacred Heart University in administration, and an Ed.D. from Johnson and Wales University in Educational Leadership.

Her website, is a valuable source of information on issues and topics in assessment. She is the author of What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment from ASCD and Assessing 21st Century Skills with Corwin. You can follow her on Twitter @lauragteacher and email her at

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