A Global Transformation of Education Through a New Lens on Assessment

As a FETC 2018 speaker, Pilar Quezzaire, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is one of the most recognizable brands in global education, known for its rigorous curriculum developed for students around the world, offering quality education opportunities in 140 countries. Presenting “How Can Technology Create Equitable Access in a Borderless Society?” at FETC, the curriculum manager for cross-programme development was interviewed on ways education can improve our greater world.

Pilar believes one of the best uses of technology in educating our kids is creating authentic assessments. By doing so, she says, you can tie together “what you have to address and what you have to assess in a child’s learning.” She sees the importance of fashioning evaluations that students can learn from, rather than accepting prescribed assessments in the name of standardization.

On a global level, Pilar sees the Scandinavian countries, notably Finland and Norway as leading the way toward using technology and connectivity to generate creative and useful assessments. She points to a creative process that is multi-modal and more engaging as an experience.

Pilar observed that the U.S. is a respected leader in the world of research on assessment practices and that analysis is used around the world. In practice, however, the U.S. doesn’t measure up to a lot of countries due to a variety of cultural and fiscal pressures surrounding the assessment ecosystem.

Some school districts in the U.S. might be surprised if they took their blinders off and witnessed the way educators around the world are approaching assessment and curriculum. Pilar Quezzaire is one of the trailblazers leading the way.

Listen to the full interview here: huffingtonpost.com.

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