London (England) - Yesterday, Intel, Cisco and Microsoft announced a collaborative effort designed to assess global education, transforming global educational assessment methods for the purpose of improving learning outcomes.
Executive project director Barry McGraw PhD, currently the director of Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melboure, said:
"Shrinking resources and market pressures mean that education can no longer be the sole responsibility of governments. Building the future workforce will require a commitment from the private sector to partner with public institutions. Reforming assessment is essential to enabling any systemic change in education. And change on a global scale is required to equip students of today with the skills they need to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. PISA's international education assessments focus on key competencies in reading, mathematics and science. In PISA 2003, we took a step by adding an assessment of problem solving, but one limited to analogical reasoning. We hoped to add information and communications technology (ICT) competence in PISA 2006 but did not succeed. We all need now to work together to advance assessment practice."