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D. CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING1. ExpectationThe student will be able to reason logically and creatively, make informed and responsible decisions and solve problems.2. Indicators of Success1. Gathers and processes information for decision making.2. Develops and reasonably defends arguments, positions and decisions.3. Clarifies problems and develops effective solutions.4. Executes plans and evaluates results effectively.3. Critical Thinking Indicator 1Gathers and processes information for decision making.Achievement criteria: Selects information relevant to purpose.Accurately interprets information and evidence.Identifies salient arguments and different points of view.Recognizes assumptions and perspectives.Evaluates the logic, validity and relevance of data. Standards of Performance Beginning Intermediate Advanced With assistance, identifies a limited range of information suited to purpose; interprets information accurately but simply; identifies some arguments, assumptions and perspectives; conducts minimal evaluation of material. Identifies a good range of information suited to purpose; accurately interprets information; identifies salient arguments, assumptions, perspectives and alternative points of view; conducts well reasoned and comprehensive evaluations of material selected for use. Identifies a comprehensive range of information suited to purpose; relates and synthesizes information from multiple sources; accurately interprets information; recognizes subtle patterns and meanings; draws insightful, logical, and creative conclusions; conducts excellent evaluation of material selected for use. 4. Critical Thinking Indicator 2Develops and reasonably defends arguments, positions and decisions.Achievement criteria: Analyzes and evaluates information and alternative points of view.Draws well-reasoned conclusions.Justifies results by explaining assumptions and reasons for choices. Standards of Performance Beginning Intermediate Advanced With assistance, recognizes the differences and varied perspectives in information sources; draws some reasonable conclusions; provides limited explanation for arguments, positions, and decisions. Recognizes the differences and varied perspectives in information sources; draws well reasoned conclusions; provides good explanation for arguments, positions, and decisions. Recognizes the differences and varied perspectives in information sources; is sensitive to implicit assumptions and subtle bias; draws well reasoned, insightful conclusions; provides excellent explanations for arguments, positions, and decisions. 5. Critical Thinking Indicator 3Clarifies problems and develops effective solutions.Achievement criteria: Identifies and clearly describes the problem.Develops and evaluates suitable alternative solutions.Proposes an appropriate solution. Standards of Performance Beginning Intermediate Advanced With assistance, describes a problem; explains what can be done about it; identifies several possible solutions; proposes a solution; inadequately defends the appropriateness of the solution. Clearly and concisely states a problem; seeks input from others; explains what should be done and why; proposes several suitable solutions; presents logical pros and cons for each; proposes an appropriate solution and offers good reasons for choice. Clearly and concisely states a problem; seeks input from others; insightfully explains what should be done and why; proposes several appropriate and creative solutions; presents logical pros and cons for each; proposes the most appropriate solution and offers excellent reasons for choice. 6. Critical Thinking Indicator 4Executes plans and evaluates results effectively.Achievement criteria: Determines needed resources.* Identifies, organizes and schedules critical tasks.Follows-through, adapts and persists to problem resolution. Evaluates results.*Resources could include decisions, permissions, people, and material. Standards of Performance Beginning Intermediate Advanced With assistance, identifies most needed resources; organizes and sequences critical tasks; poorly executes some tasks; achieves inadequate results; recognizes and explains some but not all strengths and deficiencies of the intended solution. Identifies and acquires needed resources; logically sequences critical tasks; adjusts implementation as needed; executes most tasks effectively and on schedule; explains the strengths and deficiencies of the solution; makes suggestions for future improvement and problem prevention. Identifies and achieves all needed resources; organizes and implements critical tasks very well; makes timely and creative adjustments; provides excellent explanations of the strengths and deficiencies of the solution; makes excellent suggestions for improvement and future problem prevention.