The State Board of Education has adopted higher academic standards to better prepare our students for success after high school. We need equal focus on helping our students attain non-academic skills in order to be successful in the workforce. More students must complete some post-secondary education in order to meet our workforce needs. By 2020, it is estimated that 71% of all jobs in Kansas will require some post-secondary education. We need more students to fill the gap that we're currently seeing across the State.
Non-academic skills, such as critical thinking, perseverance, and social-emotional ability affect the ability of students to be successful in post-education and in the workforce. We must put more emphasis on this in K-12 education.