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Milestones for Improving Learning and Education

21st Century Student Outcomes The elements described in this section as “21st century student outcomes” (represented by the rainbow) are the skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes Mastery of core subjects and 21st century themes is essential for students in the 21st century. Core subjects include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics. We believe schools must move beyond a focus on basic competency in core subjects to promoting understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects: § Global Awareness § Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy § Civic Literacy § Health Literacy Learning and Innovation Skills Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century and those who are not. They include: § Creativity and Innovation § Critical Thinking and Problem Solving § Communication and Collaboration 21st Century Student Outcomes and Support Systems North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process © 2009 McREL Developed in collaboration with the NC State Board of Education | Revised July 2015 14 Information, Media and Technology Skills People in the 21st century live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as: § Information Literacy § Media Literacy § ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy Life and Career Skills Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as: § Flexibility and Adaptability § Initiative and Self-Direction § Social and Cross-Cultural Skills § Productivity and Accountability § Leadership and Responsibility