• New Tech Learning Outcomes and VA Standards of Learning

    A key pillar in the New Tech Network model is the use of outcomes that matter to guide  support of students and their long-term success. The NTN Student Learning Outcomes are a set of research-based outcomes aimed at preparing students for postsecondary college and career success. For each outcome, a rubric or set of rubrics has been developed to help ensure that students are being provided with regular feedback on their growth and needs in each of these areas. These outcome rubrics are an essential component of the project and problem-based learning curriculum and instruction model used by the schools that we support. Our project-based learning management system, Echo, is also designed to allow teachers the ability to provide feedback and support to students across each of these outcomes.

    Knowledge and Thinking

    The ability to reason, problem-solve, develop sound arguments or decisions, and create new ideas by using appropriate sources and applying the knowledge and skills of a discipline.

    Knowledge and Thinking Rubrics for Social Studies Rubrics

    Knowledge and Thinking Rubrics for ELA Research and Argumentation

    Knowledge and Thinking Rubrics for ELA Textual Analysis


    Through the tenets of “agency,” we help students see effort and practice in a new light and associate both as growth paths and, ultimately, success. We can provide students with the skills to rebound from setbacks and build confidence as they welcome new challenges. Instilling the principles of “agency” helps students find personal relevance in their work and motivates them to participate actively, build relationships and understand how they impact themselves and their communities. This rubric identify the ability to develop and reflect on growth mindset and demonstrate ownership over one’s learning-Agency.

    Agency Rubric


    The ability to be a productive member of diverse teams through strong interpersonal communication, a commitment to shared success, leadership, and initiative. Collaboration involves behaviors under the control of individual group members including effort they put into group tasks, their manner of interacting with others in the group, and the quantity and quality of contributions they make to group discussions.

    Collaboration Rubric

    Oral Communication

    The ability to communicate knowledge and thinking through effective oral presentations.

    Interpersonal Communication Section – Focuses on the listening and speaking skills exhibited by individual students in a wide variety of informal conversations (e.g. student and teacher, student and student and expert). While there is some unavoidable overlap with the Collaboration Rubric, the Collaboration rubric emphasizes how teammates should talk to one another while collaborating.

    Presentation Section – Focuses on the elements of a strong presentation. This section of the rubric could be used in its entirety to describe a complete presentation – though it’s often good to focus on a few dimensions (rows), or indicators (bullets). Useful for providing a group grade on a presentation.

    Delivery Section – Focuses on the individual aspects of a presentation and can be used to provide individualized grades for a student in a presentation, even in the case of a group presentation.

    Oral Communication Rubric

    Written Communication

    The ability to effectively communicate knowledge and thinking through writing by organizing and structuring ideas and using discipline appropriate language and conventions.

    Written Communication Rubric


    Virginia SOLs

    The ninth-grade student will make planned oral presentations independently and in small groups. Knowledge of the impact that informative/persuasive techniques in media messages make on public opinion will be introduced. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, and allusions. Knowledge of literary terms and genres will be applied in the student’s own writing and in the analysis of literature. The student will be introduced to significant literary texts. Increased requirements for research and reporting in all subjects will be supported by the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and other media. Students will cite sources of information using a standard method of documentation. The student will distinguish between reliable and questionable sources of information. Writing will encompass narrative, expository, and persuasive forms for a variety of purposes and audiences. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.


    9th Grade Standards of Learning