We know that in the age of information and the shift to a global economy, students who graduate from the Bethel Public Schools are going to need to demonstrate skills and knowledge, which prepare them for college and/or career readiness. In the literature, these skills are sometimes referred to as 21st Century Skills, which we are now referring to as our vision for a graduate or global competencies. We expect that students who graduate from the Bethel Public Schools be proficient in all skill areas.

By using these rubrics (below), Pre-K through grade 12, it will help to develop a common understanding among our staff, students, and parents. The Bethel Public Schools will embed these rubrics into the curriculum as they align to the academic tasks within units. By using the rubrics at all grade levels, students will have multiple, sustained experiences throughout their schooling. We will work towards creating systems of reporting student progress on the Global Competencies.

Performance Levels

Student performance is consistently below course level expectations even while receiving support.

Student performance is beginning to and occasionally does meet course level expectations or student requires support to meet course level expectations.

Student performance is consistently at course level expectations as evidenced by independent application of concepts and skills.

Student performance is consistently at or above course level expectations as evidenced by demonstration of an in-depth understanding and sophisticated application of concepts and skills.

Global Competency Rubrics


Creativity & Innovation

Those who demonstrate Creativity and Innovation challenge and improve existing standards by designing, implementing, and communicating original ideas. Creators and Innovators exhibit curiosity, imagination, and flexibility.

The creative person is open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives, and views failure as an opportunity to learn. They persevere through multiple solutions and challenges, making valuable contributions to the world around them.



Collaborators engage through communication in constructive and critical dialogue by listening for and articulating thoughts, questions, and ideas in diverse environments.

Collaborators exercise flexibility and willingness to be contributors and listeners while making necessary compromises


Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to look at problems in a new way and to link learning within and across disciplines. Students will reflect, analyze, and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs to draw conclusions. Students are open to reconsider and revise thinking when presented with alternative points of view.

Students make informed decisions and solve complex problems.