EWSD K-12 Proficiencies (updated July 2017)
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- Clear and Effective Communication
- Creative and Practical Problem-Solving
- Informed and Integrative Thinking
- Responsible and Involved Citizenship
Content Area Proficiencies
- READING: Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.
- WRITING: Produce clear and coherent narrative, argument, and informational writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
- RESEARCH: Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
- SPEAKING AND LISTENING: Effectively initiate and participate in a range of discussions by responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and effectively argue a distinct perspective by using information, findings, and supporting evidence.
- LANGUAGE: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage, using general academic and domain specific vocabulary words and phrases when writing or speaking for a variety of purposes and tasks.
Sources: Literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
- CONCEPTS & PROCEDURES: Explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
- PROBLEM SOLVING: Solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.
- COMMUNICATING REASONING: Clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
- MODELING & DATA ANALYSIS: Analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.
Source: Math Common Core State Standards (CCSS); SBAC Claim Statements
- PATTERNS: Observe and describe patterns in natural and human designed phenomena and use those patterns to support claims about the observed or predicted relationships among phenomena.
- CAUSE AND EFFECT: Investigate, explain, and evaluate potential causal relationships by using evidence to support claims and predictions about the mechanisms that drive those relationships.
- SCALE, PROPORTION, AND QUANTITY: Describe and represent the significance of changes in observable and non-observable phenomena in terms of relative scale, proportion, and quantity.
- SYSTEMS AND SYSTEM MODELS: Investigate and analyze a natural or human designed system in terms of its boundaries, inputs, outputs, interactions, and behaviors and use this information to develop a system model that can be used to understand and empirically evaluate the accuracy of models in terms of representing the underlying system.
- ENERGY AND MATTER: Analyze evidence from a variety of sources (investigations, models) to predict, connect and/or evaluate the cycling of matter and flow of energy within and between systems in order to understand, describe, or predict possibilities and limitations of systems.
- STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION: Use evidence to support claims about the relationship among structure and function of natural and human designed objects.
- STABILITY AND CHANGE: Investigate and analyze static and dynamic conditions of natural and human designed systems in order to explain and predict changes over time.
Source: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Cross-cutting Concepts
- SOCIAL STUDIES INVESTIGATIONS: Design, conduct, and apply disciplinary knowledge by developing questions, evaluating evidence and sources, and communicating conclusions.
- CIVICS: Understand the history, principles, and foundations of different forms of government, analyze how they function, and evaluate how people participate individually and collectively within these systems.
- ECONOMICS: Apply economic reasoning to understand ways in which individuals, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions to allocate and use resources.
- GEOGRAPHY: Understand physical, cultural, and human geography and analyze the interdependent relationships between human and environmental interactions.
- HISTORY: Evaluate historical change and continuity over time by understanding significant events, individuals, groups, documents, and ideas to support investigations about the past.
Source: National C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards
- INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Engage in conversations and informal written correspondence on a variety of topics using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
- INTERPRETIVE COMMUNICATION: Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
- PRESENTATIONAL COMMUNICATION: Present information, concepts and ideas, orally and in writing, to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
- COMPARISON OF PRACTICES, PRODUCTS AND PERSPECTIVES: Compare the nature of language and the culture(s) of the target language with one’s own.
Source: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Standards
- MOTOR SKILLS PERFORMANCE: Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
- APPLYING CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES: Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance to accomplish an active lifestyle.
- PHYSICAL FITNESS: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve and/or maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
- SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR: Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
- BENEFITS of PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Source: National Physical Education Standards
- CORE CONCEPTS: Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- ANALYZE INFLUENCES: Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
- ACCESS INFORMATION: Know how to access and evaluate information, products, and services to enhance health.
- HEALTH ADVOCACY: Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
- SELF-MANAGEMENT: Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making and goal-setting skills to practice health-enhancing behaviors.
Source: National Health Education Standards
Visual & Performing Arts
- DISCIPLINARY LITERACY: Demonstrate arts discipline concepts, skills, terminology, and processes.
- CREATING: Conceptualize, generate, organize, develop, refine and complete artistic ideas.
- PERFORMING/PRESENTING/PRODUCING: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
- RESPONDING: Perceive, analyze, interpret and evaluate artistic work.
- CONNECTING: Relate artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context such as societal, cultural and historical influence to deepen understanding of the arts.
Source: National Core Arts Standards