Higher-Order Thinking


State-Level Goal

To develop students’ ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.

Suggested Competencies

Students will demonstrate the ability to…

  1. recognize the problematic elements of presentations of information and argument and to formulate diagnostic questions for resolving issues and solving problems.
  2. use linguistic, mathematical or other symbolic approaches to describe problems, identify alternative solutions, and make reasoned choices among those solutions.
  3. analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources and apply the results to resolving complex situations and problems.
  4. defend conclusions using relevant evidence and reasoned argument.
  5. reflect on and evaluate their critical-thinking processes.