Apparently, Linkedin is using their resources at Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda) to create pass/fail tests with adaptive questions for specific skills. If you pass the timed test and find yourself in the 70th percentile you receive a badge.
You can choose whether you’d like to display this badge on your profile to represent that you’ve passed the assessment for that given skill. If you don’t pass an assessment for a given skill, you’ll be able to retake it one more time after three months and failed tests are not displayed on your profile.
This re-imagination of skills is far more reliable than someone checking a box on your profile to endorse a skill. I do like the idea that skills on LinkedIn profiles are becoming reliable but will recruiters take the time to consider this? There hasn't been much discussion about this on the web. Please let me know what you think.