From Guest Blogger Stephen Sawchuk
Nevada, Illinois, and Louisiana are the latest states to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, according to a release from the partnership this morning. That brings the number to 13. As part of membership, the states agree to retool their standards, tests, and professional development to integrate into core-content classes an emphasis on tech literacy, communication, and entrepreneurship.
It’s especially interesting that Illinois is on board, with Obama in the White House and EdSec Arne Duncan at 400 Maryland Ave. So far, I haven’t been able to get a really good read on where the administration stands on 21st-century skills, although the folks there have certainly picked up on some of the rhetoric, as I pointed out in this blog entry over at the Teacher Beat (scroll to the last paragraph).
It will also be interesting to see how this development affects the brewing voluntary national standards movement.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.