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1 New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education October 2013 MODULE 6: Option 2: National Work Readiness Credentials

2 Topics  Review of Options 1 and 2  New York Comprehensive Center Research  Nationally Recognized Work Readiness Credential: Common Elements  Review of each nationally recognized credential O Skills Assessed O Reading and Math Levels O Curriculum/Training Materials O Test Administration O Costs O Unique Features O Vendor  Considerations O Selection of National Credential and Options 1 and 2  Resources *The information provided on the nationally recognized work readiness credentials is based on our review of the credentials. For official information, contact the vendor.

3 ** May not offer Option 2 as only means to earn CDOS Commencement Credential.  s credentials

4 New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) Research  Literature Review  Interviews O Districts and BOCES personnel O Institutes of Higher Education O New York State Trade and Industry Advisories O Other States O National Credential Vendors

5 Common Elements Each of the 4 National Work Readiness Credentials:  Signal readiness for entry-level employment;  Developed in collaboration with business and industry experts and educators;  Measure slightly different skills;  Provide common language for describing basic job skills;  Require students to pass assessments;  Allows accommodations for individuals with disabilities;  Meets industry standards for validity and reliability; and  Has associated costs.

6 National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)  Skills Assessed O Listening, reading with understanding, using math to solve problems, cooperating with others, resolving conflict and negotiating, taking responsibility for learning and critical observation  Reading and Math Levels O Reading: 7th - 8th grade O Math: 7th - 8th grade  Curriculum/Training Materials O Guide for Trainers and Instructors O Work Readiness Credential Candidate Handbook O Sample tests

7 National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)  Test Administration O Web-based O Wide range of sites O 4 modules completed within one year O Pass/Needs More Skill Development O Multiple choice  Costs O Approximately $75.00 for all 4 assessments O $18.00 test retake fee for each assessment  Unique Features O Lead agency: New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL)  Assessment Vendor O Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Steck-Vaughn

8  Skills Assessed O Skill Connect™ Assessments O Technical skills and knowledge in more than 44 trade, industrial and technical areas O 47 different assessments O Workforce Ready System® O General employability skills assessment  Reading and Math Levels O Reading - 8 th grade O Math - grades 6 th through 8 th (depending on specific career assessment).  Curriculum/Training Materials O Blueprint of Competencies for each career area O Professional Development Program O CareerSafe®

9  Test Administration O On-line assessment O May be administered at school O Must be proctored O No time limit  Costs O Non SkillsUSA members: $20.00 per assessment O Member schools: $10.00 discount per student O SkillsUSA/Print-Ed: $10.00 per assessment  Unique Features O Assesses career specific and general employability skills O Demonstration questions O NYS registered CTE programs  Vendor O SkillsUSA

10 National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)  Skills Assessed O NCRC - WorkKeys O Reading for Information O Applied Mathematics O Locating Information O NCRC Plus O Soft Skills  Reading and Math Levels O Reading: 8 th grade through high school O Math: 5th grade through high school  Curriculum/Training Materials O KeyTrain O Career Ready 101 O KeyTrain CAREER SKILLS

11 National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)  Test Administration O Licensed test sites only: schools may be licensed  Costs O 3 assessments: each costs $5.50 per person O Certificate cost: additional $5.50 per person O Licensed Test Site: $100 Membership  Unique Features O Results include four levels of performance (bronze, silver gold and platinum) O Levels equate to qualifications for specific jobs  Vendor ACT, Inc

12 Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS)  Skills Assessed O Applied mathematics and reading O Critical thinking and problem solving O Work place behaviors  Reading and Math Levels O CASAS Competencies and CASAS Content Standards O Relevant across full range of instructional levels: beginning literacy through high school  Curriculum/Training Materials O No single curriculum O Database (QuickSearch) of over 2,300 commercially-available print, audio, visual, and computer-based instructional materials

13  Test Administration O Computer delivered O Multiple choice, written responses and video simulations O Administered at local, regional or state levels  Costs O Approximately $45 per candidate O Vary by number and type of tests O Additional start-up and software costs  Unique Features O Additional Skill Building Resources and Assessments  Vendor O Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) https://www.casas.org/product-overviews/assessments/WSCS ; and https://www.casas.org/product-overviews/assessments/WSCS O Learning Resources, Inc. (LRI) www.learning-resources.com

14 Considerations: Selecting Nationally Recognized Work Readiness Credential  Resources and/or curriculum to support instruction  Assessment site  Flexibility and ease of administration  Obtain additional information  Cost verification and negotiation  Build capacity  One or more nationally recognized credentials  Offer Options 1 and 2

15 Considerations: Options 1 and 2  Career planning  Transition planning and services  Career-related instruction and workforce expectations  Opportunity for high school diploma  Parent and student knowledge of CDOS Credential  Instruction-Using CDOS credential in job search  Objective assessment of student skills  Implement with fidelity

16 Resources  National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) O NYS Assessment Sites: O Becoming an Assessment Site: O NYSDOL: ( )  National Career Readiness Certificate: WorkKeys O Employers Recognizing WorkKeys 20List%20AUG% pdf 20List%20AUG% pdf

17 Resources  SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System and Employability Assessment O Blueprints  Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS) O Work Related Competencies https://www.casas.org/docs/pagecontents/wscs_mastercompetenycrossw alkfinal.pdf?Status=Master https://www.casas.org/docs/pagecontents/wscs_mastercompetenycrossw alkfinal.pdf?Status=Master O CASAS Competencies O CASAS Basic Skills Content Standards https://www.casas.org/product- overviews/curriculum-management-instruction/casas-basic-skills-content- standardshttps://www.casas.org/product- overviews/curriculum-management-instruction/casas-basic-skills-content- standards

18 Technical Assistance  June 2013 Field Memorandum: NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential ntial-memo-613.htm ntial-memo-613.htm  Questions:  P-12: Office of Special Education: Diploma and Nondiploma Exiting Credentials  Special Education Policy (518)

19 Webinar Modules  Module 1 – Overview  Module 2 – Career Plan and CareerZone  Module 3 – NYS CDOS Learning Standards  Module 4 – CTE Coursework and Work-based Learning  Module 5 – Employability Profile  Module 6 – National Work Readiness Credentials


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