Cognitive Skills

How do we design schools that empower students with transferable lifelong skills?

Cognitive Skills — such as developing an argumentative claim, presenting a clear idea, and interpreting data — are essential for success in college and career.

That's why Summit Learning emphasizes the development of students' cognitive skills. Summit created a single, research-based Cognitive Skills Rubric based on feedback from hundreds of educators, and validated by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).

 

 Summit created a single, research-based Cognitive Skills Rubric based on feedback from hundreds of educators, and validated by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).


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The Summit Learning Cognitive Skills Rubric is an assessment and instruction tool that outlines the continuum of 36 interdisciplinary, higher-order thinking skills (pictured here) that are necessary for college and career readiness.

They are broken down into seven (7) categories: Speaking & Listening; Writing/Composing; Analysis & Synthesis, Inquiry, Using Sources, Textual Analysis, and Products & Presentations (see diagram above).

Furthermore, these skills are also aligned with the top skills that employers say they’re seeking, including: Complex problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and the ability to coordinate with others. (Source: “The 10 Skills Employers All Want in 2015 Graduates”, Forbes Magazine, November 2014.)

Students are graded on a continuum of 0-8. So by the time a student is a senior, they should be scoring in higher ranges.

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