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California joins the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' network

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013 09:50 AM

Even though California has already adopted the Common Core State Standards, the state is not done proving its dedication to preparing K-12 students for college and the workforce. In a recent press release, the California Department of Education announced that the state is now a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' (P21) network.

Each of the 18 states that comprise P21's national network is committed to equipping students with the types of real-world skills they will need to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy.

According to P21's website, the Framework for 21st Century Learning includes life and career skills; learning and innovation skills; information, media and technology skills; and a focus on core subjects and 21st century themes.

"California is part of a growing national movement to teach students the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need for college and careers," said Tom Torlakson, California's state superintendent of public instruction. "Forging a partnership with P21 provides California with additional tools and resources to implement the Common Core State Standards and our newly revised Career Technical Education Standards. This partnership underscores our commitment to prepare every student for the challenges of a changing world."