21st Century Skills Assessment FAQs

What does this assessment evaluate?

The 21st Century Skills Assessment (21CSA) has been developed to evaluate student proficiency in the 21st Century Skills described by the ISTE NETS-S standards. Our assessment is aligned to all 24 standards in these six strands:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts

Proficiency level for the elementary school version is 5th grade and for the middle school version is 8th grade.

What is the reading level of the assessment?

The elementary school reading level is set at 3rd grade. The middle school reading level is set at 6th grade.

How will students access the assessment?

Students go to www.learning.com and enter their login credentials in the login box on the home page. Students may also use the Learning.com App on a compatible tablet device. For more information, download the Tablet App FAQ.

What will students see when they log in?

Students will see the name of the class they are enrolled in. They will need to click the class name to proceed. Clicking the Part icon will launch the assessment. Then they will be led through an interactive set of instructions.

How long does it take students to complete both Parts 1 and 2?

Most students will complete one of the assessment parts within an hour, but this is not a timed test. We recommend scheduling at least two 45–50 minute class sessions for students to complete both parts of the exam. The optional assessment project will need additional time to complete.

How long does it take students to complete the Project?

The project takes 1 to 3 hours to complete. Proctors will need additional time to score this portion of the exam. The rubric for scoring is in the interface and can only be printed with a student score report. Note: Projects are not supported on tablet devices.

How long will it take to receive reports?

Reports will be available to request within 24–72 hours of the assessment’s completion. Requests from the Coordinator page take an additional 24–72 hours to process.

How often should students take the assessment?

We recommend that students take the initial assessment in the fall (Pre-test) and the summative assessment the following spring (Post-test).

Is the assessment available in any language other than English?


Does this assessment require Flash Player?

Yes, with the exception of the in-app version. Computers that already have Adobe Flash installed may not have it enabled to run on all sites, causing an error message to appear. This can be solved by setting Flash to ‘allow’ for Learning.com. Please see instructions for how to do this in various browsers.

What is the survey?

The survey is an optional digital tool to measure students’ access to and utilization of digital tools at school and home. The survey contains ten questions. Example questions include “Do you have a computer at home?” and “How often do you use computers in any of your classes at school?” Note: Surveys are supported on tablet devices.