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Performance assessment is a powerful way to measure the acquisition of skill as opposed to knowledge. The high cost of implementing performance assessment (e.g. senior projects, writing assessments) has limited its use. Digital Promise could support work to advance applications of technology in performance assessment that could bring costs down.
Many technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning are dismissed because they show "no significant difference" when standardized achievement tests have been the measure. Yet they may have added significant value to a student's education! We need to develop assessments that can capture such value.
Part of the prompt for Grand Challenges mentioned competitions as a way to come up with breakthrough technologies. They are also a way to come up innovative ways of using technologies. The California Student Media Festival highlights exemplary project-based learning using digital media. www.mediafestival.org
A comprehensive survey of what other countries are doing to take advantage of technology to advance learning would be a great contribution. Too often, we in the U.S. limit our vision to what's going on here. We need to look beyond our own borders to see what models and solutions are out there that we might appropriate and build upon.