21st Century Skills

cApStAn's role in 21st century skills

New assessment tools are being developed to measure 21st century skills, 4C Skills, soft skills, or character qualities. These tools can be immersive, interactive and adaptive. The 20th century testing paradigm cannot accommodate the breadth and depth that is required of measurement today.
cApStAn is involved in translating and adapting such assessments, and in analysing translations of pilot instruments for innovative domains in both international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) and smaller social and emotional (SEL) skills assessments. Our experience positions us as the ideal partner for you.

Our Work in 21st Century Skills

Scenario-based Tests with Virtual Agents

Complex assessment components such as simulated interactions through an online chat require a careful, informed translation process. The functioning of each part of a test scenario is essential to evaluate the skill at hand.

Longitudinal Studies of Social and Emotional Skills

A test that is going to be taken by the same respondents at different times requires materials that are suitable for different age cohorts. In addition, linguists must understand the underlying constructs being tested and document the adaptations they suggest.

Assessments of Creative Thinking

When respondents are asked to use design tools (shape, line, select, stamps…) to illustrate their original ideas or improve existing designs, the possibilities of an open-ended response are expanded considerably. These tasks come with elaborate coding guides for which an accurate translation is crucial.

Resources on 21st Century Skills

Best Practices for Adapting and Translating Computerized Tests and Exams in the 21st Century

by Kristin Bernor, Questionmark and Steve Dept, cApStAn It takes more than a good translation provider and a good platform to ensure that an assessment can reliably measure cognitive and [...]

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New IEA study on schoolchidren will map how 21st century skills are defined and integrated in curricula across the world

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Much has been said and written about the so called “21st century skills” but there is no real consensus on [...]

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“Versatility” is the key 21st century skill

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village How can schools prepare students “for jobs that have not yet been created, to use technologies that have not yet [...]

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