Write down this phrase: Traditional metrics. Whatever it means, we are at least reasonably sure that schools today need to move beyond them. Now. Among the groups leading that discussion is The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. That organization has a new report out that confronts the challenges for high schools in a new millenium.
“High schools must be designed, organized and managed with a relentless focus on the results that matter in the 21st century—in addition to the traditional metrics of attendance, graduation and college matriculation rates—or they risk missing the mark,” said John Wilson, chair, Partnership for 21st Century Skills and executive director of the National Education Association. “Traditional metrics are important, but they are no longer sufficient indicators of student preparedness.”
Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Schools, will speak at NSBA’s annual conference in Chicago on April 8. His topic will be the important leadership role school boards can play. Details here.