Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

James Pellegrino

To achieve their full potential in college and beyond, high school students need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, students need to be equipped with skills like problem solving, communication, and critical thinking to succeed in today’s economy.

This report describes the important set of key skills that today’s students need to increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Because 21st century competencies support deeper learning of school subjects, their widespread acquisition could potentially reduce disparities in educational attainment, preparing a broader swathe of young people for successful adult outcomes in work and other areas of life.