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Summary of Unit 1

Education across the United States is in the process of unprecedented change, as reflected by sweeping educational reform at the federal, state, and local levels. The adoption of the CCSS and common statewide assessment systems bring states together as never before in the shared vision of ensuring all students are prepared for college and career success.

As evidenced in this unit, to face the challenges of the 21st century:

  • Changes need to be made in the educational system in response to the social and economic needs of students and society. Widespread systemic reform is necessary in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
  • Students need to acquire, apply, and integrate the 21st Century Learning Skills of the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) into their core content skills and knowledge.
  • The CCSS were designed to be relevant in the 21st century world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers.
  • Assessments must be developed that move beyond the “fill in the bubble” assessments to measure critical 21st Century Learning Skills and college and career readiness.



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