Non-cognitive Learning


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Academic content knowledge alone, commonly measured by grades and standardized tests, is not enough for student success. Tenacity – a student’s underlying beliefs and attitudes, along with skills like self-discipline and other non-cognitive skills – is just as crucial to high achievement.

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