The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is pleased to announce ACT has joined the Assessment Research Consortium (ARC), a division of CCR. ARC is strategically partnering with international and national organizations, corporations, and jurisdictions which focus on the global expansion and implementation of 21st Century Skills and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) assessments and tools.
Charles Fadel, Founder of the CCR, stated, “The goal of ARC is to establish a collective field for redesigned systems of measuring learners’ progress in learning competencies of Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning (comprehensively described in CCR’s Four-Dimensional Education). Membership in ARC is the chance to guide, shape, pilot, and participate in the learning assessments needed for the complex present and uncertain future. We are delighted that ACT, an organization with significant depth and expertise, has chosen to join our Consortium.”
Jeremy Burrus, Senior Director, ACT Center for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning, stated, “ACT recognizes the crucial importance of social and emotional skills for success in school, work, and life, and is investing heavily in solutions that assess and teach these skills. We are excited to work with the members of the Assessment Research Consortium to expand our knowledge of these skills and to build collaborative relationships across the globe.”
The Assessment Research Consortium is a collaborative entity – a “pre-competitive Research & Development consortium” – modeled after industry’s similar endeavors. Its goal is to redesign systems of measuring learners’ progress, aligned to 21st century competencies and desired education outcomes. Leaders from governments, the private sector, academia, and nonprofit organizations are members of the consortium, which collectively oversees key research projects to define “assessments for and as learning” across the four dimensions of: Knowledge, Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning. The Consortium’s present members include the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Enrollment Management Association (EMA), and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
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