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Journal 2013

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IRGINIA Virginia ASCD Position Statement Teaching, Learning, and Leading for a Changing World Recommendations VASCD supports teaching, learning, and leading that focuses on student success in a complex, rapidly changing world. This responsibility requires schools to provide essential skills that equip students to successfully navigate technological, societal, economic, informational, and demographic issues. Position VASCD recognizes that although acquisition and application of core knowledge serve as building blocks to new learning, students must graduate with skills that go well beyond facts and content. Students should apply knowledge and skills to novel situations and authentic problems, demonstrating creativity, innovation, selfreflection, and flexibility in thinking. In order to assess student learning in today's world, testing and accountability systems must go beyond selected response tests to include the assessment of student-generated products. This shift requires that school leaders engage students and teachers in experiences that connect them with a wider learning community. 8 Virginia Educational Leadership Vol. 10 No. 1 2013

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