Improving high schools requires the nation to redefine "rigor" to encompass not just mastery of core academic subjects, but also mastery of 21st-century skills and content, many experts believe. Today's graduates need to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and effective communicators who are proficient in both core subjects and new, 21st-century content and skills--including learning and thinking skills, information and communications technology literacy skills, and life skills. "Results That Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform," a new report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, makes the case for this shift in the nation's focus. The report also


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