Creativity and Innovation
Demonstrating originality and
inventiveness in work
Developing, implementing and
communicating new ideas to others
Being open and responsive to new and
Acting on creative ideas to make a
tangible and useful contribution to the
domain in which the innovation occurs
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Exercising sound reasoning in
Making complex choices and decisions
Understanding the interconnections among
Identifying and asking significant questions
that clarify various points of view and lead
to better solutions
Framing, analyzing and synthesizing
information in order to solve problems and
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge,
and develop innovative products and processes using
A. Apply existing knowledge to generate new
ideas, products, or processes.
B. Create original works as a means of
personal or group expression.
C. Use models and simulations to explore
complex systems and issues.
D. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
Proficient by End of Grade 8
Students apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or
Identify a real-world problem that would benefit from an improved solution. Generate
multiple possible ways of solving the problem. Consider the parameters that must
be met to achieve a workable solution. Select the best solution from among the
possible alternatives. Describe or create the new products (e.g., movies, public
service announcements, websites) or processes that could be used to provide
innovative solutions in the real world.
Students create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Create original animations or videos about a topic of personal interest or in
response to a learning activity and document a reflection on the quality of the
production (e.g., work illustrating reactions to communicating with students in other
cultures about some global issue).
Students use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
Describe and illustrate a complex content-related concept or process using a model,
simulation, or concept-mapping software.
Students identify trends and forecast possibilities
Design and implement a strategy for gathering and manipulating data needed to
make a data-driven prediction or to forecast possibilities
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“Every generation has a
chance to change the world.
Pity the nation that won’t listen
to its boys and girls.
The sweetest melody is the
one we haven’t heard.”