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Topic tags: college career readiness, authenticity, 21st century competencies

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What is it? This study suggests new relationships between skills development, job success, and school. The study, 21st Century Skills and the Workplace: A 2013 Microsoft Partners in Learning and Pearson Foundation Study, conducted by Gallup, confirms the positive connection between the development of the competencies known as 21st century skills – critical thinking, real world problem solving, collaboration and communication skills – and future job success.

Why do we like it? Developing 21st century skills in the last year of school is positively correlated with higher perceived work quality later in life. In fact, those who have 21st century skills development are twice as likely to have higher work quality compared to those who had low 21st century skill development.