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Academic and Work Readiness Components

In the fall of 2006, the statewide advisory committee reviewed pertinent research and recent curriculum organizers to identify academic and work readiness components. Different stakeholder groups were surveyed to determine the most important components to the world of work. Based on the survey results, the committee identified 12 academic and work readiness components, which are linked to key curriculum drivers in Missouri schools.

The academic components were identified and cross-referenced with Missouri’s Show-Me Standards and Grade-Level Expectations. These components include:

  • Applied Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Communication: Verbal, Written, and Listening
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Information Technology
  • Gather/Evaluate Information

The work readiness components were identified and cross-referenced with Missouri’s Career Development Standards and Grade-Level Expectations within the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program. These components include:

  • Career Development and Planning
  • Professional and Ethical Behavior
  • Personal Accountability
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-Direction and Self-Management
  • Lifelong Learning