Iowa 21st Century Skills K-12 Standards

Every K-12 classroom teacher has a responsibility to infuse the 21st Century Skills into their instruction and assessment. Lewis Central teachers have been asked to identify which of these standards they provide direct instruction towards within their units of instruction and, in turn, assess the student on their abilities. By doing this alignment the district is able to provide a vertical alignment and map of these standards similar to their content standards.

Each Iowa student must graduate with the 21st century skills necessary for a productive and satisfying life in a global knowledge-based environment. Descriptions of the new global reality are plentiful, and the need for new, 21st century skills in an increasingly complex environment is well documented. In one form or another, authors cite (1) the globalization of economics; (2) the explosion of scientific and technological knowledge; (3) the increasingly international dimensions of the issues we face, (i.e. global warming and pandemic diseases); and (4) changing demographics as the major trends that have resulted in a future world much different from the one that many of us faced when we graduated from high school (Friedman, 2005 and Stewart, 2007). The trends are very clear that each Iowa student will need essential 21st century skills to lead satisfying lives in this current reality.
(excerpt from Iowa Core)

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