In today’s fast-paced, technology-based world, students need more than basic reading, writing, and arithmetic to thrive. It seems the deeper we dive into this age of information (i.e., the more we become reliant on computers, devices, the Internet), the farther we drift from personability, responsible social interaction, and effective communication. You know, those pesky 21st Century soft skills employers are looking for.
As educators, our job is to prepare students for college, careers, and basic survival in the real world, all of which takes more than mastering the common core subjects. Many schools weave 21st Century soft skills throughout their curriculum in every class. 21st Century soft skills being the fundamental necessities such as problem solving, integrity, self-motivation, collaboration, dressing appropriately and being on time — all the imperative nuggets of wisdom not found in textbooks.
But how do you measure 21st Century skills?
Precision Exams has created a 21st Century Success Skills certification to be used in junior high and high schools nationwide — and not just in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. It was created by education and industry subject-matter experts who know what business leaders are looking for when interviewing prospective employees. The 21st Century Success Skills exam is Precision Exams most popular certification.
Teachers appreciate it because it provides knowledge standards for curriculum writing, validates students’ skills, and when used as a pretest, provides reporting that establishes a baseline of student knowledge. Students value it because it bolsters resumes and college applications by documenting marketable job qualifications. Employers can trust it because they know students are being taught from standards that were created to teach the skills needed for that industry.
When students understand the soft skills they’re learning in the classroom directly correlate to college and career success, they value their education on a deeper level. They pay more attention, work harder, and strive to develop those characteristics. And when they can prove their knowledge with a certification, they come out of high school with the confidence and drive to change the world!
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