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Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S)

The ACT21S project is developing methods to assess skills to inform new curricula that will prepare students to success in the 21st-century curricula.

​The Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft Education alliance brings together the power of these companies' respective education technologies and programs to encourage the development of 21st-century learners and to enhance the skills of the workforce of tomorrow. The goal of the project is to help transform teaching, learning, and skills assessment so that students can succeed as citizens and workers in the 21st century.

The Foundation: Assessment

​To make changes at the classroom level, policy-makers need accurate information about the skills of the student population. Gathering that data through assessment is a critical component. ATC21S is developing methods to assess skills that will form the basis for 21st-century curricula, with an emphasis on communication and collaboration, problem-solving, citizenship, and digital fluency.

Into the Classroom

​ATC21S aims to offer 21st-century curricula recommendations for education systems to support an improved workforce. Our goal is to create a new assessment framework with teaching and learning resources to help students develop 21st-century skills. Translating these skills to the classroom will shape the economic and social development of countries and communities for years to come. The success of ATC21S depends on a broad public and private collaboration across governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), academia and industry.