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The Adaptation and Contextualization of ATC21STM by Costa Rica

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One of the most important features of the ATC21STM project has been the creation of a Latin American Chapter represented by Costa Rica (The acronym ATC21STM has been globally trademarked. For purposes of simplicity the acronym is presented throughout the chapter as ATC21S.). At the request of the Inter-American Development Bank (Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo) and with support from Intel and Microsoft Latin America, the ATC21S consortium authorized the creation of a Latin American Chapter and, within it, Costa Rica as the first partner country. The project in Costa Rica is known as the Assessment of 21st Century Competencies, and was implemented by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education and the Omar Dengo Foundation, with local support from the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation. The project was designed as a pilot for the introduction of the experience throughout Latin America, so it aimed generally to validate the tools developed by the global project for the measurement of 21st century skills and their contextualization in Latin American countries.

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    In spite of this, it is worth mentioning that the first stages of the field activities (the first cognitive labs and pilots) were implemented before the assessment platform was fully translated into Spanish, and that this was possible due to the high level of English literacy of students from several bilingual public high schools that were invited to be part of the project.

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    The “Our Favorite Poems” website is exceeding the scope of the project and has been included in activities that promote reading, such as those hosted by the Ministry of Education in 2012 during the Week of Books (Semana del Libro). For the Ministry of Education, there exists a clear relationship between 21st century skills, the promotion of reading comprehension and the love of reading in general.

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    Computation Science teachers.

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Bujanda, M.E., Campos, E. (2015). The Adaptation and Contextualization of ATC21STM by Costa Rica. In: Griffin, P., Care, E. (eds) Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills. Educational Assessment in an Information Age. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9395-7_12

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