Employability Skills Framework — Source Matrix

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Applied Academic Skills Critical Thinking Skills Interpersonal Skills Personal Qualities Resource Management Information Use Communication Skills Systems Thinking Technology Use
21st Century Skills for Workplace Success, NOCTI X X X X X X X
Arizona's New Workplace Skills, Arizona Department of Education X X X X X X
Assessing 21st Century Skills, Board on Testing and Assessment, the National Research Council X X X X X
Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills, Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft X X X X X
Career Clusters Framework, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium X X X X X X X X X
Citizenship Foundation Skills and Knowledge Clusters, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services X X
Comparative Analysis of Soft Skills: What is Important for New Graduates? U.S. Department of Agriculture X X X X X X X
Employability Assessment Rubric, Chicago Public Schools X X X X X X
Employability Skills 2000+, Conference Board of Canada X X X X X X
Employability Skills Blueprint, SkillsUSA X X X X X
Equipped for the Future, Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee X X X X X X X
Industry Competency Models, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor X X X X X X X X X
Maryland Skills for Success, Maryland State Department of Education X X X X X X
National Career Readiness Certificate, ACT X X X X X
National Work Readiness Credential X X X X X X
O*NET, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor X X X X X X X X
Partnership for 21st Century Skills X X X X X X X X
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), U.S. Department of Labor X X X X X X X X X
Workforce Skills Certification System, CASAS and Learning Resources, Inc. X X X X

NOTE: These examples represent a sample of employability standards and assessments compiled during an inventory of employability skills conducted in 2012. They do not represent an exhaustive list of employability skills but rather include sources that are widely cited. The content of these sources may change over time to address skills that are not reflected in the above matrix.

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