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1 Cathy McCafferty-Smith, M.A L.P.C Chief Engagement Officer, Know U LLC Joan Helwig, Counselor Marlette Jr./Sr. High School Preparing Students for Post-Secondary and Career Readiness

2 What high school data is saying: Out of 100 high school students: 75 graduate from high school 27 enter the workforce with HS diplomas 48 continue on to college 30 seek bachelor’s degrees 11 graduate in 4 years 18 enter two-year institutions 11 do not complete a degree …. and 25 drop out !!! S. Stimart - Director, Work Force Development - ACT

3 Why are 25% of students dropping out? One reason often cited is that students cannot see the relevance of school and how it relates to their lives. And … we know all students need workplace skills no matter what post-secondary training option they choose … Source: Ready For College, Ready For Work: Are They the Same or Different ACT article

4 Like a circulatory system! The system parts… Michigan Career Pathways Educational Development Plans (EDPs) Michigan Merit Exam (MME) Integrated Curriculums: Academic & CTE, Technological Literacy, Online Learning

5 Educational Development Plan (EDP) - E-portfolio storage cabinet (10 MB space) Self Assessments – Career Pathways Career Exploration Goal Setting Planning Researching post-secondary institutions (cost /benefits) Virtual Job Shadowing Resume Development, etc. http://www.careercruising.com Career Cruising – Key part of a career readiness system

6 Career Pathways: A student’s career interests An excerpt from Cathy’s EDP – http://www.careercruising.com

7 Career Cruising EDP portfolio follows the student Student academic/career exploration progress measured over time Students see relevance/ connection to schoolwork Teaches them to document successes, demonstrated skills Can be a helpful decision tool as students move to each/next level of education Career Development is ongoing not a one time event Career Development Self Assessment Who Am I? Exploration What are my options Decision Making Sifting/matching Goal Setting Action Planning An EDP: Career development process versus event

8 Important – we saw how/why (good decisions) Needed – “exploration without reflections” has little meaning Required – Graduation 2011 – (MMC 2006 law change) Post-secondary institutions/employers may prefer a portfolio Students have evidence to show what they have explored and accomplished Courtesy of lprobatelitigation.com “Good to Have” Why should all students have an EDP portfolio?

9 Student Academic and Career Assessment Data ……. as predictors, MDE news English, Math, Reading and Science World of Work (WOW) Map - Career Matches Readying for WorkKeys scores World of Work (WOW) Map - Career Matches 8th grade test 10th grade test Find info at http://www.actstudent.org/explore/tests/epas.htmlhttp://www.actstudent.org/explore/tests/epas.html

10 ACT EXPLORE - 8 th grade student career interests Step #1 World of Work - Step #2 Interests - Step #3 Career Options

11 ACT EXPLORE/PLAN – 8 th and 10 th Grade

12 ACT EXPLORE: World of Work (WOW) Map Helping students with career exploration and a skill level goal The interactive ACT-World of Work (WOW) map Using the ACT EXPLORE WOW- Career Interest report Information that will motivate students and help them set skill level goals ACT World of Work Map http://www.act.org/wwm/index.html

13 Looking at a career “interest” slice of the “ACT World of Work” (WOW) Map First, we clicked on the black outer rim of the map Next, we clicked on the “Financial Transactions” career choice Let’s see what pops up for the student

14 Career Area Example: Financial Transactions WorkKeys Scores levels found here!

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16 Getting ready for the 11 th grade MME ACT and WorkKeys Assessments Now have a college ready focus and a work ready focus Driven by WorkKeys! Provides a common target with our business friends Gives useable DATA to change our processes Reading for Information Applied Math Locating Information Resulting in the:

17 Got Skills? …Need Skills? We have a tentative interest based career choice We have an identified skill level score needed How can we be sure we have the skill levels we need to prepare for our career? If we don’t have them, how can we learn them?

18 (look …a “pair of dimes” we shifted!) A “pair-a-digm” shift to 24/7 online learning…KeyTrain pre-assesses skills, tracks online time, provides learning experiences, skills building data Applied practice & scoring data

19 KeyTrain has a feature inside to search for careers based on student skills score levels!

20 ACT Readiness Benchmarks for Credit-Earning College Courses College EXPLORE (8 th /9 th )PLAN (10 th )ACT (11 th /12 th ) Credit-EarningCollege ReadinessCollege ReadinessCollege Readiness CourseBenchmarksBenchmarksBenchmarks English Comp.EnglishEnglishEnglish AlgebraMathMathMath Social ScienceReadingReadingReading BiologyScienceScienceScience 13 17 15 20 15 19 17 21 18 22 21 24 ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following college readiness benchmarks*: * Minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course.

21 KeyTrain- Handout Suggested Map for Integration into High School: Where Does KeyTrain Fit in Our School? Grade Level Learning Focus KeyTrain Michigan Content Standards/ WorkKeys Content Areas Suggested 9 th grade Pre assessment and applied skills learning Determining the students base line scores for the WorkKeys Michigan Merit Exam Assessments and postsecondary/career readiness EDP career pathway choice student chooses what career fits pre- assessment scores – create a student target Building stronger skills for the classroom ( and the workplace ) with Listening, Writing, and Observation curriculum Reading for Information Applied Math Locating Information Listening Writing Observation ELA/Social Studies/Science CTE, Non core Math/Science Math /Science/ Social Studies/ non core Career Courses 10 th grade Pre assessment and applied skills learning for study and success in the High School courses and postsecondary /career readiness Also - Skill Acceleration - WorkKeys MME test Reading for Information, Applied Math and Locating Information Applied Technology Reading for Information Applied Math Locating Information ELA Science CTE/Science ELA Math Math/ Science 11 th grade Skill Acceleration - WorkKeys MME test Reading for Information, Applied Math and Locating Information from Sept to Feb (before MME) Goal- 5 WorkKeys scores in each to increase National Career Readiness Certificate level / passing of passing of the MME Post – MME April – June in the junior year Pre assessment of career employability skills Reading for Information Applied Math Locating Information Teamwork Business Writing MME Prep Courses Academics/CTE/ Careers Course 12 th grade Career and Employability skills Prep for Postsecondary training “Skill- ing “up for WorkKeys retesting and higher level NCRC score ( community college testing process for a fee) Teamwork Business Writing Career Skills ELA/ Career Course/CTE

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24 NCRC Certificates: Four Levels

25 National Career Readiness Certificate Levels and Approximate Median Annual Salaries (U.S.) Platinum Occupations Gold Occupations Silver Occupations Bronze Occupations $92,000$55,000$31,000$27,000 Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, ACT data Higher Skills = Higher Pay

26 Recap: Integrating to create a system Let’s look at strategies on how to use these Michigan Career Pathways Educational Development Plans (EDPs) Michigan Merit Exam (MME) Integrated Curriculums: Academic & CTE, Technological Literacy, Online Learning

27 ACT EXPLORE / ACT PLAN – Connections to what leaders care about in your school “Have to Haves” ACT EXPLORE/PLAN Building Leaders MI School Improvement Framework - Teaching for Learning Strand - Data Management Strand Counselors - Michigan Comprehensive Guidance Model – Career Development Domain “Good to Haves” ACT EXPLORE/PLAN Measures curriculum successes and needs for improvement Student assessment at a point in time (8 th grade and 10 th grade) Able to intervene before student gets too far Track all students over time (PLAN is a predictor of ACT) Richer guidance conversations College & Work readiness Parent and student dialogue

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29 C Smith/AJB - Oakland Schools, 2009 ACT EXPLORE Academic Scores English, Math, Reading, Science 8 th Grade ACT World of Work Career Cruising Matchmaker 1 Career Path Goals ACT EXPLORE – Report EDP NCLB Tech Literacy Key Train pre-assess Reading for Info. Applied Math Locating Info. 9 th Grade Career Cruising Interests/Skills Career Pathways/Goals KeyTrain ONET Matchmaker cont’.. Key Train Student Report EDP Activity,uploads ACT PLAN English, Math, Reading, Science Key Train accelerate 10 th Grade ACT World of Work Career Cruising and KeyTrain DOT Career Exploration Activities ACT PLAN Report Key Train Student Report EDP Key Train MME Prep March 2010 – MME HS Coursework Post MME- KeyTrain remediate 11 th Grade Career Cruising- Postsecondary Goals Employability Skills Workbased Learning MME Results Resume Post-secondary Info. EDP HS Coursework Key Train / remediate WorkKeys re-test at OCC 12 th Grade Career Cruising- Postsecondary Goals Employability Skills Exit Portfolio EDP NCRC Certificate Senior Exit Portfolio Post-secondary Plan Post Secondary/ Career Readiness! Proactive Academic, Career Choice, MME Preparation Academic Readiness Career Readiness Portfolio Evidence

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31 How to get this system into your school Counselor supported ideas and best practices EDP required for first day of class - pathway and skill data EDP required for entry into CTE or Tech Center program – pathway match Parent sign off/teacher sign off Part of a high school transition/ orientation plan Integrate content into other classes Personal Curriculum modification CTE Program of Study- Course Selection- MME- WorkKeys match

32 One Strategy: Freshman Transition A proactive intervention Kids are dropping out: Drop out prevention Build high school skills (KeyTrain) Data baseline Create excitement about the connections Catch me before I struggle! Academic scores: How am I doing in early 9 th grade in: English Math Reading Science Helps me want to be in school Provides career choices!!!

33 Career Interest Assessment Interest assessments Career Cruising Matchmaker (8 th grade) ACT- UNIACT (8 th grade) (Interest assessment) = Career Interest(s) / Possible pathways Skills Assessment + ACT EXPLORE (8 th grade) + KeyTrain - Pre assessment = At what skill level am I? = an Educational Development Plan (EDP) …….for a successful start in 9 th grade Talking with parents – Freshman transition / orientation

34 Summary: Using data in your school for reporting requirements EDP/Career Cruising Education Yes! Michigan Merit Curriculum Student Portfolio Required Counselors/ Principals/Students Teachers/Parents KeyTrain Academic pre-assessment/ curriculum/ high school skills Pre-data MME WorkKeys Teachers/Counselor/Principal ACT EXPLORE/PLAN Academic skill level check Curriculum improvement Predictor for ACT PLAN in 10 th grade and ACT in 11 th grade Teachers/Counselor/Principal WorkKeys Michigan MME (Day 2) Part of MME/ AYP scoring process Teachers/Counselor/Principa l

35 Special Ed Workforce Development Career Tech Ed Academics School Improvement MME/NCRC A Career Readiness System- - NCRC/MME intersects everyone’s work!

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37 Many students are not graduating, or once they do, they cannot decide who they were meant to be…. We can help them …with SYSTEM wide EDP/e-portfolio ongoing activities …… ensuring SELF-AWARENESS to help them see and REFLECT on what they have to offer ………to make LEARNING real to their life TODAY and to their FUTURE They will create dreams and goals and do the ACTIONS to complete them, because we taught them HOW!

38 They are our kids! Let’s help them make great choices for their future and ours!

39 How are you using student academic assessment data to intervene early? How are you coordinating your students’ career choice results to help them see the relevance in what they are learning? How are you connecting this information to your school improvement team efforts? How can this information provide evidence for educator evaluation?

40 Thank you ! Cathy McCafferty-Smith, M.A., L.P.C, GCDFI Chief Engagement Officer, Know U LLC – 248-417-1987 Joan Helwig, M.A., L.P.C., GCDF Counselor/Instructional Technology, Marlette Jr./Sr. High School


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