ETS Collaborates with CSU to Assess 21st Century Skills
Higher Education ICT Initiative To Help Tomorrow’s Workforce TodayWashington, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2003) – Educational Testing Service (ETS), working with California State University (CSU), the largest university system in North America, and six other leading college and university systems, has established a National Higher Education ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Initiative.
The goal of the Initiative is for ETS and the seven college and university systems – which collectively enroll 25% of the nation’s 15 million college students – to conceive, design, and build assessments that gauge whether students possess the ability to use digital technology to solve problems in order to function in an information society.
"To succeed in today's information-based economy, students need to know how to use technology to create and transform information," says ETS President Kurt Landgraf. “ETS is collaborating with these forward-looking universities to offer the promise of a suite of assessments that measure not just knowledge of technology, but the ability to apply technology to solve problems while in college and to help all students learn the ICT literacy skills that they will need to compete for jobs and thrive in the workforce.”
ETS and the Charter colleges and universities will use cutting-edge measurement techniques that are technology-delivered and scenario-based to accurately assess these skills. Dr. Ilene F. Rockman, CSU Manager of Information Competence and Systemwide Library Initiatives indicates, “ We as college and university educators are increasingly asking our students to successfully demonstrate their ICT literacy skills within a technologically-rich teaching and learning environment. After examining the status of assessment instruments currently available or in development, there is none more comprehensive or distinctive than this performance-based, web-based, holistic assessment tool envisioned and anticipated by ETS and this consortium. My colleagues and I are delighted to provide guidance and leadership for this important undertaking.”
ETS brings to this Initiative a long history and a wealth of knowledge in the intersection of measurement and technology, having introduced the first computer-delivered and then adaptive high stakes admissions and college placement tests.
Additionally, working with an international panel of educators, government, and business leaders, ETS developed Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy (2002), a document that defines global ICT Literacy skills. The ETS International ICT Literacy Framework report can be accessed at http://www.ets.org/research/ictliteracy/.
ETS and the seven college and university systems will work to attract other educational institutions to join this Higher Education ICT Initiative. These institutions will help define education both for today and tomorrow. Institutions interested in learning more about the National Higher Education ICT Initiative should contact Seth Weiner, ETS Director of University Programs, at 609-683-2331 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seven college and university systems and their representative panel members participating in the ETS National Higher Education ICT Initiative are:
California Community College System
California State University (CSU)
Dr. Ilene F. Rockman, Manager Information Competence Initiative, Systemwide Library Initiatives, Office of the Chancellor
Dr. Barbara O’Connor, Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at CSU, Sacramento and Chair, of the ETS International ICT Literacy Panel
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Stephanie Brasley, Leader, Measuring Interest Group for Information Literacy
University of Louisville
Melissa Laning, Team Leader, Assessment
University of North Alabama
University of Texas System
Damon E. Jaggars, Deputy Associate Director for Public Services, General Libraries, University of Texas, Austin
University of Washington
Anne E. Zald, Head, Map Collection and Cartographic Information Services
ETS also has two subsidiaries: Capstar, a leading provider of training, online distance learning, and assessment, and the development and delivery of certification and licensure exams for associations, corporations, government and academic markets; and, ETS Global BV www.ets.org/etseurope/index.html. Headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands, ETS Global BV makes the world-class products, services, and resources of ETS more readily accessible to the European education and training community.
Last Updated: September 17, 2003