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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Third-Party Assessment of Build SF

All of the programs in our New Day for Learning, Part Two, series have undergone outside evaluation to either gauge their success, improve performance, or both.

Independent, third-party assessment that quantifies accomplishments and identifies areas for improvement is what can transform a good program into an exceptional one. And investigating what makes full-time-learning programs work can lead us to that new day for learning, when all kids have access to the people and programs they need to flourish.

The Build San Francisco Institute (Build SF) partnered with Rockman Et Al, a firm that designs and conducts evaluations and research for education-related organizations, to develop a system for assessing the degree to which the Build SF students acquire and master a range of 21st-century skills during their program mentorships.

This measurement system is meant to establish a student's progress in each of several key learning-skills areas, demonstrating how and when students meet benchmarks in workplace-skills development as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These skills areas are core subjects and 21st-century themes; learning and innovation skills; information, media, and technology skills; and life and career skills.

Download the full report at the Rockman Et Al Web site.

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