Skills for the Future Initiative

Through the Skills for the Future Initiative, the Carnegie Foundation and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) are proposing that the new currency of education should be based upon meaningful skills and accomplishments demonstrated through assessment.

To address this critical national challenge, the Carnegie Foundation has partnered with the Educational Testing Service to create a robust, scalable suite of assessment and analytic tools that captures the full range of skills required for American students to succeed in K-12, post-secondary education and beyond. Together we will build a richer, smarter system of assessment, one that recognizes core academic skills and a broad array of other essential competencies.

ETS and Carnegie Foundation: A New Vision for Skills-Based Assessment

Modern education has been plagued by assessment systems focusing on a limited set of cognitive skills that are easy to measure, misaligned with nonlinear educational pathways, and that miss opportunities to offer insights that are valuable for learners, educators, and policymakers.

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Laura Slover, ETS

Managing Director, Skills for the Future Initiative

Laura Slover is Managing Director of Skills for the Future, a joint initiative of ETS and Carnegie Foundation to transform education and measure what matters most.

Previously, she was the founder and CEO of CenterPoint Education Solutions. Laura started her career as a high school English teacher in Colorado. She was the Senior Vice President at Achieve, Inc. and then was the founding CEO of the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states advancing college- and career-readiness through quality assessments. She lives in Washington, DC, where she served eight years on the Board of Education.

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