These skills are useful in isolation, but will also be useful in developing the skills necessary for subsequent standards.
Standard 2: Researching Information to Solve Problems
Research is a fundamental part of everyday life. In order to adequately display the skills required for this standard, students need to understand and demonstrate how to search for and locate information on any given subject.
There are three main objectives for Standard 2:
Objective 1: Demonstrate how to ask the appropriate questions to get the required information.
Objective 2: Understand how to gather and determine if information is relevant.
Standard 3: Critical Thinking and Objectively Analyzing Information
In order to demonstrate success in this standard students must be able to think critically and objectively analyze information.
There are three main learning outcomes for Standard 3:
Objective 1: Understand and demonstrate how to read, monitor, and interpret information presented in various formats or tools (i.e. news articles, charts, graphs, tables, gauges, dials, signs, controls).
Objective 2: Apply the analysis of information to make decisions regarding the problem to be solved by identifying multiple solutions, analyzing consequences of those solutions, and making a decision based on the desired results.
Standard 5: Communicating and Working with Others
For Standard 5, students will know how to effectively communicate the decision and results made from analysis to others in order to achieve a desired outcome.
There are five main objectives for Standard 5:
Objective 1: Understand how to effectively manage projects.
Objective 4: Identify the qualities of a good leader.
Objective 5: Identify how to effectively lead a meeting.
3. What's on the 21st Century Success Skills Exam?
Earning a certificate is a great way for your students to demonstrate that they have mastered the necessary skills and knowledge laid out in the standards.
As the teacher, you need to ensure your students are ready to earn that certificate.
Because of this, you’re probably wondering: How do these standards relate to the 21st Century Success Skills exam?
The 21st Century Success Skills exam consists of 46 items, which are broken down according to the five standards:
Personal Success Traits 15%
Research (Research/Learn Information) 19%
Reason (Analyze Information) 17%
Relate (Apply Information to Situation) 17%
Results (Do, Record, Act, Produce Outcome) 32%
By passing the exam, your students will demonstrate to future employers that they can successfully understand and implement the skills required to thrive in a modern work environment.
4. How Can I Help My Students Learn 21st Century Skills?
Now that you know what skills are required and what to expect from the exam, you probably have one last question: How do I help my students learn 21st Century skills?
While these skills can be taught at any grade level, we find it's most important and beneficial to teach 21st Century skills in middle or early high school. This is the perfect time to hone their career readiness skills, in preparation for their role in the working world.