COMPLEXITY

Students, as creative problem solvers, will sustain active inquiry, apply prior knowledge, and take risks as critical thinkers.

 

Exemplary

Accomplished

Developing

Beginning

knowledge

         Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of fundamental and higher order thinking skills and concepts

         Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with fluency showing full understanding of skills and concepts

         Demonstrates adequate understanding of fundamental skills and concepts and some higher order thinking ones

         Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with minor flaws that do not diminish understanding of skills and concepts

         Demonstrates adequate understanding of either fundamental skills or concepts, with limited ability to work with higher order thinking skills

         Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with flaws that diminish understanding of skills and concepts

         Demonstrates limited understanding of fundamental skills and concepts, prohibiting understanding of higher order ones

         Lacks fluency in accessing, applying, documenting, and presenting knowledge

 transfer of knowledge

         Independently builds on prior knowledge, synthesizing and applying new information

         Makes frequent, meaningful and rich cross-discipline and/or real-life connections

         Builds on prior knowledge, synthesizing and applying new information, with minimal support

         Makes relevant cross-discipline and real-life connections

         Builds on prior knowledge and ideas with support, resulting in minimal synthesis and application

         Attempts some cross-discipline and real-life connections that demonstrate partial understanding

         Rarely builds on prior knowledge and ideas, even with support, prohibiting synthesis and application

         Learns primarily without cross-discipline or real-life connections

 

 

 ambiguity & risk-taking

         Demonstrates persistence and patience with ambiguity in order  to create meaning

         Consistently demonstrates an eagerness to take appropriate risks

         Engages ambiguity with minimal support, in order to create meaning

         Shows willingness to take appropriate risks

         Engages ambiguity with support to attempt meaning

         Lacks consistency in willingness to take appropriate risks

         Avoids ambiguity and relies on prior knowledge

         Avoids opportunities to take appropriate risks, relying on safe or familiar ideas

active inquiry

         Initiates and sustains exploration of relevant and sophisticated questions

         Demonstrates resourcefulness in accessing productive and substantive information

         Poses and considers relevant questions

         Accesses relevant information

         Poses and considers new questions with prompting

         Needs direction in accessing relevant information

         Seldom poses new questions

         Has difficulty accessing information

 critical thinking and problem solving

         Identifies complex problems

         Effectively evaluates quality and validity of information from multiple perspectives

         Proposes solutions that are thoroughly supported and demonstrate sophisticated understanding

         Identifies problems

         Evaluates quality and validity of information

         Proposes logical solutions that are adequately supported

         Identifies problems with support

         Evaluates information with support

         Proposes solutions with limited or flawed evidence 

         Seldom identifies problems

         Has difficulty evaluating information

         Has difficulty proposing logical solutions