Our schools assess student growth in both character and academic content and skills. They instill character through academic learning in a seamless model, but assess them separately. Both domains are given highest priority; both are shared with families; and both serve as the basis for credit, promotion, and graduation. Both are vital in ensuring that students from all backgrounds persevere and succeed in college, careers and life.
The particular character strengths that are assessed at any one school are a subset of the school’s broader character values. This subset is known as the school’s Habits of Scholarship. Habits of Scholarship focus on the performance character, or agency, of students (e.g., academic mindsets, learning strategies), which will enable them to succeed in elementary and secondary school, college, and career.
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