Dr Esther Care
Brookings Institution, Washington DC
About Dr Esther Care
Esther Care is Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
Esther – a researcher and author – promotes constructive assessment practices that inform both educational policy and classroom practice. She has worked extensively in the Asia Pacific and Africa to explore the impact of system alignment on the effectiveness of education reform. With the increasing focus globally on the promotion of generic skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration, she collaborates with country teams to incorporate these skills into the educational process.
Dr Care currently leads the Optimizing Assessment for All (OAA) project through which national education teams work together to develop classroom assessment tasks to inform teaching and learning of 21st century skills. OAA is based out of two regional networks, NEQMAP in Asia, and TALENT in sub-Saharan Africa, and is a collaborative effort among countries in the regions to examine teaching and assessment of 21st century skills, and to draw attention to the constructive use of assessment to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
A Professorial Fellow with the University of Melbourne, Esther is founding director of the Assessment Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the Philippines), which conducts large and small-scale research in the Philippines to inform that country's major K-12 education reform.
Esther publishes widely in journals and books spanning vocational and educational psychology through to education assessment and policy, with most recently an emphasis on the assessment of 21st century skills. Titles with co-authors include Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills, Comparative Approaches in Education, A Framework for Teachable Collaborative Problem Solving Skills, Considering Authenticity of Skills Assessments, 21st Century Skills in 20th Century Classrooms.