Paradigm Shifting: How to Make Durable Skills the New Prioritized Core

Human skills - such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity - are in-demand across every sector of the economy. America Succeeds' 2021 research effort with Emsi Burning Glass confirmed the overwhelming need for job seekers to be prepared with these durable skills as they enter the workforce. In conversations across the country, America Succeeds has seen the need for intentional instruction in these durable skills as a key part of transforming the talent pipeline and leveling the playing field so that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. But in an education paradigm shaped by standardized subject-matter tests, what does that look like in practice?