ESUSD Establishes a Graduate Profile

Co-created with input from key stakeholders, the Graduate Profile is a clear visualization of priority goals for teaching and learning that can be easily communicated to students, parents, faculty, and staff to align their collective efforts. Adoption of a Graduate Profile is a nationwide movement to address the shift necessary in education to prepare students for the jobs of the future. 


How was ESUSD’s graduate profile developed?

Last year, discussions, workshops and surveys were conducted with key stakeholders – teachers, administrators, parents, business and civic leaders – to develop the graduate profile for ESUSD. Feedback was obtained from business and civic leaders through the use of guiding questions such as:


  1. What skills and characteristics should high school graduates develop to ensure success in the workplace of the future?
  2. What skills and characteristics are most important in a graduate?
  3. What can we do as an educational organization to better prepare graduates?

ESUSD teachers and administrators then took the set of 21st century learning skills and applied the stakeholder feedback to develop a subset of skills/attributes and key performance indicators under each category, as outlined on the Graduate Profile Scorecard.


ESUSD is dedicated to helping students build the following new 21st century learning skills: empowered learner, digital citizen, knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative communicator and global collaborator. In conjunction with the leading research regarding refocusing education's role in supporting students’ preparation for the job market of the future, ESUSD used the International Society for Technology Education Standards to initiate the conversation for its new Graduate Profile.


The ESUSD Graduate Profile describes the expectations our community believes our graduates should possess in order to become the successful leaders of tomorrow. The districts that have already engaged in this nationwide initiative have discovered many ways to use the graduate profile as a means for transformative change.


Research tells us that when the kindergartners of today graduate in 2031, the world will be vastly different from anything previous generations experienced. ESUSD has embraced the changing face of education from a standardized system to a learner-centric environment that adapts to the needs and potential of each student.


Please visit our new Graduate Profile web page on the ESUSD website. The page includes additional information about the Graduate Profile, a one-page document outlining ESUSD Graduate Profile, a list of stakeholders and community members involved in the development conversation, and links to articles supporting the Graduate Profile philosophy.


View the Graduate Profile webpage here.
3/5/19; updated 8/26/19