Skills for Success: Supporting and Assessing Key Habits, Mindsets, and Skills in PreK-12
“Skills for success” is a term coined by the authors of this report to encompass the habits, mindsets, and non-technical skills (e.g., tenacity, perseverance, emotional intelligence, growth mindsets, grit, and character) that are integral to academic, professional, and personal success. While high-quality preschool programs focus on these skills, K-12 schools have not followed suit. The purpose of this report is to help educators incorporate skills for success in K-12 settings. This report highlights trends and raises important considerations for schools as they support and assess a more comprehensive set of student skills for success. The authors also make several recommendations for “how various entities – federal and state governments, local educational agencies, educators, and research institutions – can foster progress on developing certain skills for success” in K-12 schools.