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1 Providing Opportunities for Postsecondary & Career Readiness Becky Nelson & Erin Larsen SD Department of Education October 16, 2014


3 What does your data tell you about students in your district?

4 Sample School Data: English ACT Sub-scores 23 out of 33 4 out of 23 11 out of 23 8 out of 23

5 Sample School Data: Math ACT Sub-scores 23 out of 33 5 out of 23 9 out of 23 9 out of 23

6 Other Considerations Previous coursework taken Grades Motivation Commitment Schedule/work load Learning style

7 COLLEGE-READY COURSEWORK Accuplacer – My Foundations Lab

8 The Basics What is it? Coursework in math, reading, and English Who should take it? Students who have modest skill gaps

9 Benefits Students can avoid remedial coursework at Board of Regents institutions and South Dakota’s Technical Institutes – Save both time and money Tailored coursework is generated – Targets students weaknesses – Supported by certified teacher

10 Option #1 Online through SD Virtual High School – First-come, first serve $125-$175 – Dependent on timeframe – 10 weeks, 6 months, & 12 months State funding available to reimburse costs for approximately 400 enrollments for public students

11 Option #2 Face to Face course at your school State funding available to cover costs of coursework for public districts Currently 14 school’s offering math – Options: replace current course such as consumer math, independent study, or additional section of math

12 Students take an online proctored exam (Accuplacer) How does the program work?

13 Personalized Learning Path Generated

14 Students Take Final Assessment (Accuplacer)

15 I’m Interested….Who do I contact? Virtual Option Register through the school Face to Face Option Contact Becky Nelson or Sam Shaw @ DOE or

16 RIGOROUS COURSEWORK AP & Dual Credit Courses

17 Ready for Rigorous Coursework? AP Courses Curriculum & exams set by College Board Teacher is a high school teacher, trained by College Board Score 3+ on final exam: Many colleges offer credit No fee for Learning Power AP courses Dual Credit Coursework set by Universities or Technical Institutes Instructor employed by the University or Technical Institute Wider range of offerings Credit is honored at specific university – transferability based on university Reduced cost ($40/credit)


19 Reduced-Rate Dual Credit Detailed information at

20 Reduced-Rate Dual Credit 11 th & 12 th Graders School district MOU Spring Semester Registration Guidance resources for policies and participation – Students & Parents – Counselors & Administrators

21 Reduced-Rate Dual Credit High school credit value? – District decision – ½ credit? – 1 credit? Home School Students – No enrollment in school district for reduced-rate program – Certificate of Exemption

22 NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE (NCRC) Portable validation of students’ abilities to apply what they’ve learned

23 Travis Aslesen, HS Principal Elk Point-Jefferson School District 61-7 on NCRC “I hope all school districts will discover that this opportunity is very worthwhile. All high school graduates should be allowed this epiphany in what their high school diploma actually means. Administering this exam provides credibility to the skills students are learning on a daily basis. We use that rationale when we talk with our seniors on the day of the exam. For them to ponder that businesses actually use these results to glean through candidates is a powerful concept. The old saying of, “When are we going to use this stuff?” becomes immediately relative.”

24 NCRC Portable credential Demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills – Applied Mathematics – Locating Information – Reading for Information Measures "real world" skills employers believe are critical to job success

25 NCRC 77% of all jobs require assessed skills Used across all sectors Documents cognitive skills such as: – critical thinking – applying information from workplace documents – using work-related text – applying work-related math calculations – synthesizing graphical information

26 NCRC Four certification levels: – Bronze (16% of jobs) – Silver (67% of jobs) – Gold (93% of jobs) – Platinum (99% of jobs) Approximately 3-4 hours Online assessment

27 NCRC Career planning resources – the results mean something to each student!

28 NCRC ACT measures: Content knowledge General educational development: – English – Mathematics – Reading – Science Capacity to complete college-level work NCRC measures: Applied skills in – Reading for Information: Skill used when reading written text – Applied Mathematics: Skill in applying mathematical reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques – Locating Information: Skill in working with workplace graphics to find and analyze information

29 NCRC Test Questions Applied Math – Level 3 In your job as a cashier, a customer gives you a $20 bill to pay for a can of coffee that costs $3.84. How much change should you give back? Applied Math – Level 7 The farm where you just started working has a vertical cylindrical oil tank that is 2.5 feet across on the inside. The depth of the oil in the tank is 2 feet. If 1 cubic foot of space holds 7.48 gallons, about how many gallons of oil are left in the tank?

30 NCRC Test Questions Reading for Information – Level 3 You are a cashier. According to the notice shown, what should you write on a store employee's receipt? A.The employee's identification number B.The employee's department number C.The amount of sales tax D.The 20% discount price E.Your initials

31 NCRC Test Questions Reading for Information – Level 7 You have hired a consultant to work with your firm. Based on the agreement shown, what will happen if the consultant’s business is taken over by a major competitor? A.The agreement will confidentially go into arbitration. B.The agreement will not be enforceable and is void. C.The consultant is bound by the agreement. D.The obligations will pass to the new owner. E.You must renegotiate the agreement with the new owner.

32 NCRC Test Questions Locating Information – Level 3 You regularly check the pressure gauge on a large tank. According to the gauge shown, what is the current pressure (in PSI)?

33 NCRC Test Questions Locating Information – Level 6 You are a road contractor and you have analyzed a soil that you want to use for road fill. Your analysis shows that the soil contains 15% sand, 65% silt, and 20% clay. You need to know what the shrink-swell potential is for the soil because it will affect the durability of the road. Based on the diagram and table shown, what is the shrink-swell potential at a 30-inch depth for this soil?

34 NCRC Program? Partnership effort – Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) – Department of Education (DOE) 11 th or 12 th graders Application to School Performance Index (SPI)

35 NCRC for SPI Incorporated into College and Career Readiness (CCR) indicator Can have up to 30 points, 15 points each for subject areas of Math and English/Language Arts if the NCRC is not taken If students take the NCRC, Math, English/Language Arts, and the NCRC each have up to 10 points

36 NCRC for SPI Options for CCR SPI points: Option AOption B Math- 15 points ELA- 15 points Math- 10 points ELA- 10 points NCRC- 10 points Total30 points

37 NCRC – Sign us up! For more information, including how to schedule a testing session, please visit the Department of Labor and Regulation website. Department of Labor and Regulation website Contact: – Scott Kwasniewski (605) 688-4352 Scott Kwasniewski – Barb Unruh (605)773-5821 Barb Unruh


39 Stay in Touch College Readiness Courses: – Becky Nelson Becky Nelson – Sam Shaw Sam Shaw AP Courses: – Sam Shaw Sam Shaw Dual Credit: – Erin Larsen Erin Larsen National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC): – Tiffany Sanderson (DOE) Tiffany Sanderson – Scott Kwasniewski (DLR) Scott Kwasniewski – Barb Unruh (DLR) Barb Unruh

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