Will Measuring Creativity In Schools Help Youth Be Workforce Ready?

In an article featured in the Huffington Post, Youth Radio/Youth Media International (YMI) explores the potential impact of the creativity index proposed by SB 789 (Price), a bill sponsored by the California Alliance for Arts Education.

YMI interviewed Mary Wright, Associate Director for The Conference Board, a researcher on a report called, "Are They Really Ready To Work?", which "identified key skill sets that employers thought were important for their employees to have, and creativity and innovation were among the top five." Wright explains how she thinks it could affect the workforce readiness of young people today.

There is growing recognition that our state’s economy will be driven by ideas and innovation. According to a coalition of researchers, 81% of American corporate leaders say that “creativity is an essential skill for the 21st century work force.” Yet schools have narrowed their expectations in recent years, “teaching to the test” because standardized tests are the only public measures of school success.

SB 789 (Price) proposes that the Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee create a voluntary “Creative and Innovative Education Index” and make related recommendations to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on the extent to which this index should be part of the state’s accountability system. SB 789 would provide a set of indicators to determine the presence of creativity and innovation in our schools. 

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