Non-academic standards are measures which do not relate to a student's mastery of a particular subject, like english, math or science, but demonstrate instead, their cognitive and social-emotional skills. Such traits like dependability, perseverance through tasks, and work ethic, are skills needed not only to complete school, but to have a successful career. It is believed by many educators that these skills can be taught and measured, just like any other subject.
Additionally, the concept of "readiness", though traditionally identified only for kindergarten students, is now a consideration for college-bound juniors and seniors. Readiness includes psychosocial factors that correlate with academic success. For instance:
- study habits
- social connection
- general determination
- communication skills
- social activity
- goal striving
- emotional control
Other non-academic measures can include codes of conduct for the school or district, or personality traits which promote a positive environment. For instance:
These essential abilities and characteristics are usually defined at the district or school level and are often part of a mission or vision statement.
Classroom gives districts the option to add their own non-academic standards banks. These standards can be added to assignments, whether coursework or assessments, like any other standard, and are included on report cards. They can assist educators in managing the all-round development of students. They can also identify areas in which students may need a non-academic intervention. To add non-academic standards to Classroom please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Updated: 12/31/14, prh]