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Posted - 10/21/2010 08:32am
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School Leaders on 21st-Century Skills
Results from a Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy survey revealed that a majority of superintendents and principals in the state of Massachusetts believe that integrating 21st-century skills into teaching and learning is a priority.


To what extent is each of the following a priority for your district?

Note: Superintendents rated each statement on a scale of 1 to 5 where a 1 means “not a priority” and a 5 means “high priority.” Below are the percentages of superintendents who gave a 4 or 5 rating.

• Providing appropriate technology infrastructure and tools that support student acquisition of 21st-century skills: 86%

• Providing professional development that focuses on improving educator capacity to teach core academic content in ways that enhance 21st-century skills mastery: 86%

• All educators develop and teach lessons that are designed to enhance deep mastery of core subject knowledge and 21st-century skills: 85%

• All core academic content curricula explicitly integrate 21st-century skills: 81%

• A majority of student work is evaluated at the classroom level for mastery of 21st-century skills: 74%

155 superintendents, or 52 percent of those invited, participated in this survey.

98 percent of principals in Massachusetts surveyed indicated that their school mission or vision statement includes at least one of the 21st-century skills as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning—of which Massachusetts is a member state.

Does your school’s vision or mission statement include the following 21st-century skill as part of the overall vision for student learning?

Learning and Innovation: 79%

Life and Career: 71%

Civic: 62%

Global Awareness: 50%

Technology: 49%

Information: 47%

Health: 34%

Media: 21%

Financial/Economic/Business/Entrepreneurial: 10%

375 principals, or 21 percent of those invited, participated in the survey.