Untapped Talent - Can Better Testing and Data Accelerate Creativity in Learning and Societies?

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Oct 28, 2016
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Untapped Talent - Can Better Testing and Data Accelerate Creativity in Learning and Societies?

Report from the latest session in the Education For Tomorrow's World series now online

The report from the session Untapped Talent: Can Better Testing and Data Accelerate Creativity in Learning and Societies? is now available online to read, download and share.

The session was held last December in collaboration with ETS (Education Testing Service), the InterAmerican Development Bank and the US-based National Science Foundation, and in association with the UK’s RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), and formed part of Salzburg Global's multi-year series Education For Tomorrow's World.

The five-day program focused on the current gap between standardized assessments and the need to educate and measure for “21st century skills” of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, from early childhood through formal education and beyond. The gathered cohort of 41 Salzburg Global Fellows, including experts in education, policy, learning science, and neuroscience; education activists and advocates; and representatives from private enterprises and international organizations, from across 18 different education systems, explored the power of data of all sorts – data exhaust and predictive analytics as well as educational testing – to reveal new pathways for people to develop these skills, and access work in a transforming labor market, with particular attention paid to marginalized groups at risk of exclusion across generations.

Through a variety of panelled plenary discussions and in-depth group work, the session addressed the growing demand for interdisciplinary practice and education, which depends on a mix of divergent and convergent thinking at the heart of creativity, culminating in a collaborative Salzburg Statement on Realizing Human Potential through Better Use of Assessment and Data in Education.

Summaries of all the session's discussions and a full version of the Statement are now available in the session report. The report is published ahead of this December's session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills, which is also being held in partnership with ETS. (Registration for the 2016 session is currently open.)

Download the report as a (lo-res) PDF


This Salzburg Global Seminar session was held in collaboration with the following organizations: ETS, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the National Science Foundation, and in association with the RSA. With additional support from: the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Capital Group Companies, HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust, the Korea Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, the Mexican Business Council Fellowship Program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and The Nippon Foundation. Salzburg Global Seminar is grateful to all the organizations for their support. Salzburg Global would like to thank all participants for donating their time and expertise to this session.