On October 8, American Student Assistance (ASA) and Burning Glass Technologies debuted ground-breaking research on the implementation of high demand workforce skills, or “new foundational skills” in middle and high school classrooms.
The report, The View from the Schoolhouse: How Middle and High School Educators See the Skills Shaping the Modern Economy, finds that educators understand the value of these skills, but do not believe the skills are being taught adequately and need more resources to teach them effectively.
In the ASU GSV session Exploring Foundational Skills NOW for the Jobs of 2030, ASA Chief Strategy Officer Annabel Cellini and Burning Glass CEO Matt Siegelman discuss why educators should care about career conversations with their young students. Based on insight from Grade 5 to Grade 12 teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors, the session also identifies how to focus on the right skills to prepare middle school and high school students for the future.
As the report demonstrates, these new foundational skills are essential, and the importance of these skills has only grown. COVID-19’s strain on our digital infrastructure and spotlight on the digital divide have highlighted the need for government efforts to effect real change in our education system. To learn more about how policy can influence middle and high school curricula to ensure all students have the ability to learn these skills, check out our ASU GSV session, Policy Briefing: Graduating with a Plan After High School and the Need for Foundational Skills.