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Posted - 10/21/2010 08:32am
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.

Superintendents
:

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.

Principals:
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.


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