In recent decades there has been a tremendous information explosion along with scientific and technological advances. Thus it becomes increasingly important for young people to develop competencies which give the tools to cope with this age. To become productive participants in modern society, our students need to gain skills related to these advances.
Particularly important are the higher order thinking skills. Skills related to the arts and physical fitness are also important with a view to beauty and quality of life.
These competencies are taught and evaluated in the school’s curriculum.
Each of the following seven competencies is listed with broad descriptions of demonstrations of success. These define in general terms the outcomes considered important which will be taught and encouraged in Quality Schools International.
Verbal and Written Communication Skills
- The Student Will demonstrate effective speech by using correct grammar and sentence structure.
- TSW demonstrate effective speech by employing reasonable depth in the use of vocabulary.
- TSW demonstrate effective writing skills in essays, reports, and other written work by using correct grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.
- TSW demonstrate effective writing skills in essays, reports, and other written work by careful organization of thoughts and paragraph structure.
- TSW demonstrate the use of a language other than English by speaking, reading, and writing at a level appropriate for at least two years of secondary level instruction or the equivalent.
- TSW enhance two-way communications by demonstrating effective listening skills.
- TSW demonstrate the ability to prepare neat and efficient written communications online.
- TSW demonstrate the ability to obtain information from the library, internet, and other sources by conducting research and report writing which reflects sound library, online, and other information-gathering skills.
Numeracy and Mathematical Skills
- TSW demonstrate facility in the use of numbers in counting, measuring, estimating, and telling time.
- TSW demonstrate computational skills by correctly adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing real numbers.
- TSW demonstrate computational skills by using an electronic calculator for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, finding square roots, and finding percentages.
- TSW correctly use the metric system in measuring length, mass, and volume.
- TSW use the concepts of fractions, proportions, ratios, decimals, and percents, in practical situations.
- TSW correctly gather information from graphs and tables.
- TSW participate in physical development activities and demonstrate an appropriate level of coordination, strength, and general physical fitness.
- TSW participate in one or more life-time sports and/or physical activities and demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.
- TSW participate in one or more team sports and demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.
- TSW demonstrate a working proficiency in entering data on a keyboard.
- TSW demonstrate success in using equipment (scientific, etc.) and tools in accomplishing the task or experiment for which the equipment is designed and in avoiding damage or injury.
- TSW correctly use decimal money systems in practical situations (buying, selling, etc.).
- TSW demonstrate the ability to use a keyboard (with proper typing techniques) in preparing neat and organized written communications and in managing information through the use of computer software.
- TSW apply knowledge of percents to calculate interest on loans, discounts on purchases, and various taxes.
- TSW demonstrate proficiency in personal finance skills including banking and budgeting.
Fine Arts Skills
- TSW develop music reading and instrument playing skills at an appropriate level aligned with the student’s interest, cultural background, and innate talent.
- TSW develop skills in art and in crafts at an appropriate level aligned with the student’s interest, cultural background, and innate talent.
- TSW develop skills in drama at an appropriate level aligned with the student’s interest, cultural background, and talent.
Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
- TSW develop logical thought patterns in solving problems.
- TSW correctly translate word problems to mathematical terms and equations and then solve the problems.
- TSW separate information into components and evaluate the use of each component in leading to conclusions or solutions.
- TSW evaluate various input information and combine the data to lead to conclusions or solutions.
- TSW build upon facts and knowledge using logical thought patterns in creating new ideas.
Decision-making and Judgment Skills
- TSW develop a logical approach in making decisions.
- TSW critically evaluate source materials and ask questions such as ‘how?’ and ‘why?’.
- TSW develop habits of carefully weighing evidence on all sides of a dispute, problem, or controversy before making a judgment.
- In making a judgment, TSW carefully examine the evidence with a view to eliminating effects of unfounded prejudices.
- In making a decision or a judgment, TSW carefully examine information with a view to eliminating effects of unfounded information produced by the famous, the media exalted, or by those swept along in the current of popular appeal.
- TSW make reasonably accurate estimations for numerical problems and measurements.