THINKING PRO has an integrated competency framework to benchmark the mastery of high school students' critical thinking, reading comprehension, and communication skills. The framework is at the heart of THINKING PRO’s pedagogical content knowledge.
Domain 1: Gathering and Organizing Information
Skills and knowledge pertaining to the extraction, categorization, and analysis of information from a body of text.
Domain 2: Interpreting and Evaluating Information
Skills and knowledge pertaining to the continued analysis, processing, and interpretation of an informational text, as well as a subsequent evaluation of its internal consistency and trustworthiness.
Domain 3: Integrating and Communicating Information
Skills and knowledge pertaining to the student’s generation, formation, and communication of a position or personal statement, as well as the development of an original work product crafted to have impact with an intended audience.
The framework does not depict a strict linear path but offers a phase-based process that was adapted from professional competency frameworks. It reflects the higher order levels of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy(Anderson & Krathwohl (2001),including analyzing, evaluating, and creating. The competencies comprise primarily observable and measurable skills and knowledge while integrating socio-emotional and motivational components (not delineated here) designed to foster healthy learning dispositions.