Measuring what matters
Currently school success is evaluated using assessments of literacy and numeracy. But have those narrow measures resulted in a narrowing of the definition of education?
Skills in reading, writing and math are critical, but the evidence is clear that to prosper in the 21st century, students need much more than achievement in the three Rs.
At our annual conference, People for Education began a dialogue about how we can broaden the Canadian definition of school success by expanding the indicators we use to measure progress. Participants agreed that what is measured influences policy, funding and public expectations for our schools.
They also agreed that we need to do more to recognize health (physical, mental, social, emotional), creativity, citizenship and positive school climate as essential components of a strong education.
How do you think we should measure success in schools and education systems?
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