EWSD K-12 Proficiencies (updated July 2017)


     Transferable Skills

    1. Clear and Effective Communication
    2. Creative and Practical Problem-Solving
    3. Informed and Integrative Thinking
    4. Responsible and Involved Citizenship
    5. Self-Direction

    Content Area Proficiencies


    1. READING: Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.
    2. WRITING: Produce clear and coherent narrative, argument, and informational writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
    3. RESEARCH: Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    4. 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.
    5. 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)


    1. CONCEPTS & PROCEDURES: Explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
    2. PROBLEM SOLVING: Solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.
    3. COMMUNICATING REASONING: Clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
    4. 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


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION: Use evidence to support claims about the relationship among structure and function of natural and human designed objects.
    7. 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

      Global Citizenship

    Social Studies

    1. SOCIAL STUDIES INVESTIGATIONS: Design, conduct, and apply disciplinary knowledge by developing questions, evaluating evidence and sources, and communicating conclusions.
    2. 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.
    3. ECONOMICS: Apply economic reasoning to understand ways in which individuals, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions to allocate and use resources.
    4. GEOGRAPHY: Understand physical, cultural, and human geography and analyze the interdependent relationships between human and environmental interactions.
    5. 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

    World Languages

    1. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Engage in conversations and informal written correspondence on a variety of topics using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
    2. INTERPRETIVE COMMUNICATION: Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
    3. 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.
    4. 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

      Physical Education

    1. MOTOR SKILLS PERFORMANCE: Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
    2. APPLYING CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES: Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance to accomplish an active lifestyle.
    3. PHYSICAL FITNESS: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve and/or maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
    4. SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR: Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
    5. 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

      Health Education

    1. CORE CONCEPTS: Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
    2. ANALYZE INFLUENCES: Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
    3. ACCESS INFORMATION: Know how to access and evaluate information, products, and services to enhance health.
    4. HEALTH ADVOCACY: Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
    5. 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

    1. DISCIPLINARY LITERACY: Demonstrate arts discipline concepts, skills, terminology, and processes.
    2. CREATING: Conceptualize, generate, organize, develop, refine and complete artistic ideas.
    3. PERFORMING/PRESENTING/PRODUCING: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
    4. RESPONDING: Perceive, analyze, interpret and evaluate artistic work.
    5. 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