A recently released multi-year study conducted by Learning.com found that over two thirds of fifth and eighth graders are non-proficient in 21st century skills. This study measured the digital literacy skills outlined in the ISTE Student Standards. The company’s research also demonstrated that providing students with access to tools for building digital literacy skills can help close the skills gap. According to research, students who utilized these tools showed greater improvements in proficiency between pre-test and post-test over the course of the school year, compared to students who did not use these tools.
Learning.com (2017). 21st Century skills assessment. Portland, OR: Learning.com. http://www.learning.com/solutions/assessments/21-csa