Editor's Note: The following essay comes from "Meaningful education in times of uncertainty," a collection of essays from the Center for Universal Education and top thought leaders in the fields of learning, innovation, and technology.
Authors: Luis Crouch, Chief Technical Officer, International Development Group - RTI International; Carmen Strigel, Director, Technology for Education and Training - RTI International
There has been increasing attention on skills that are considered important for succeeding in school, work, and in life: so-called "21st century skills". An extensive amount of literature, both technical and non-technical, suggests that these skills, such as problem-solving and resilience, are important in predicting future outcomes at school and in the workplace. It seems clear that such skills are important for individuals to master and, therefore, they are important to assess.