Learning Resources

Leadscape is now accepting applications!. Download the application (PDF).

Find out what we’ve been up to! Download the Quarterly Report here!

New Project Forum report on Principal Preparedness to Support Diverse Learners

ability abridged accommodations accuracy action activities administrators adolescent alliance alternate america applies asian assistance attitudes author background blind building characteristics coaching cognitive collaborative collection compared comprehensive conditions connections content context continuing copied council counselors creating critical current database decision describes determine developmental discrimination disorders disparities disproportionality distribution documents download economic efforts emailed emotional engagement ensure environment equalization equitable exceptional expectations explores express factors focus focuses framework funding future gender general gifted governance graduation handbook handouts health helping higher hispanic holder human identity immigrant impact implementation implications important income increasing indicator inequality influence initiative inquiry institute integration interactions international intervening involvement justice kindergarten knowledge large latino leaders lessons listserv local longitudinal making management material matters means mental methods monitoring multicultural multiple number offers organization original paper peers people perceptions permission personal perspectives planning population posted postsecondary poverty power powerpoints preparation preschool prevention print problem process proficiency progress project promoting property psychology psycinfo published questions rates readiness recommendations record reduce refer reflective related relationship requirements retardation selected series serve settings significant sites skills slide society socioeconomic specific start statistics status stereotype structure struggling suggests survey teams technical technology topical total training trends universal users version warranty working writing written years young youth

Report: Results that Matter: 21st century skills and high school reform

Report » Results that Matter: 21st century skills and high school reform

Categories

Reform: School improvement

Authors

Partnership for 21st century skills

Published

2006

Publisher

Partnership for 21st century skills

Abstract

l levels of Across the country, there is a refreshing and growing movement to improve America’s
government to implement high schools. However, as it is envisioned now in the many admirable initiatives under
way in both the public and private sectors, high school reform is not likely to produce
some fundamental
graduates who are prepared for the challenges of the modern world.
reforms that will result
in signiicantly better the reason is straightforward: there has been little or no consideration given to the
results that matter for today’s high school graduates. Creating high schools that truly
outcomes.”
will improve learning, achievement and competencies demands a clear understanding
— SuSan Sclafaniof the knowledge, skills and attributes that are increasingly important for every high , co-Director,
america’s choice State school student today. alliance
for High Performance, and former
High schools must be designed, organized and managed with a relentless focus on
assistant Secretary for Vocational and
the results that matter in the 21st century — in addition to the traditional metrics of
adult Education and counselor to the
attendance, graduation and college matriculation rates — or they risk missing the mark.
Secretary at the u.S. Department of
traditional metrics are important, but they are no longer suficient indicators of student
Education
preparedness.
there is broad agreement — and ample evidence, which is highlighted in this report
— that for many students, high schools are not working and need to be overhauled.
this report presents three fundamental ideas about high schools that are not yet
widely perceived:
1 There are results that matter for high school graduates in the 21st century
— and these results are different from and go beyond traditional metrics.
even if every student in the country satisied traditional metrics, they still would remain
woefully under-prepared for success beyond high school.
2 Improving high schools requires the nation to redeine “rigor” to
encompass not just mastery of core academic subjects, but also mastery of
21st century skills and content. Rigor must relect all the results that matter for
all high school graduates today. today’s graduates need to be critical thinkers, problem
solvers and effective communicators who are proicient in both core subjects and new,
21st century content and skills. these 21st century skills, which are detailed beginning
on page 10, include learning and thinking skills, information and communications
technology (ICt) literacy skills, and life skills. twenty-irst century skills are in demand
for all students, no matter what their future plans — and they will have an enormous
impact on students’ prospects.
3 The results that matter — 21st century skills integrated with core academic
subjects — should be the “design specs” for creating high schools that
are truly effective for students and the nation. only by setting clear goals that
incorporate 21st century skills can high schools truly prepare students to succeed in
postsecondary education, workplaces and community life.

Files