Are Your Students Ready to Succeed in College and Career?

By Doris Zahner, Ph.D. | April 23, 2021 | District Administration

The case for smart assessment of essential skills at the secondary level to ensure success

Content knowledge is no longer enough to ensure collegiate and career success. Students need the essential skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective written communication to achieve their full potential. In fact, according to a recent Association of American Colleges and Universities survey of 500 executives and hiring managers, more than half of participants view critical thinking skills as very important for college graduates. Fewer than half, however, believe that recent graduates possess the level of preparedness needed for workforce success.

The solution lies with secondary education institutions prioritizing essential skill development.