What is the goal of the WorkKeys system? How do you measure it? A more skilled: College Student Employee High School Student Candidate pool Workforce WHY?
WorkKeys Test Performance of U.S. Examinees-Reading for Information 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 <33456 WorkKeys Skill Level The Good News: 34% are at Level 4 The Bad News: 14% are ≤ Level 3
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 <33456 WorkKeys Test Performance of U.S. Examinees-Applied Mathematics WorkKeys Skill Level The Good News: 25% are at Level 4 The Bad News: 27% are ≤ Level 3
Skill Requirements process operator, LI Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 2000 20102005 1995
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 <3 3 4 56 WorkKeys Test Performance of U.S. Examinees-Locating Information (5/03-4/05) Process Operator 95 Process Operator 2000 today
A more skilled: College Student Employee High School Student Candidate pool Workforce Goals
Results PSAE – Chicago Public Schools KeyTrain was implemented in over 100 high schools. One level in KeyTrain = one full level higher on WorkKeys Applied Mathematics on average. One level in KeyTrain = one half level higher on WorkKeys Reading for Information on average. More than 110,000 students have been enrolled in KeyTrain at CPS, and over 220,000 contact hours have been logged. The effect of KeyTrain is significant at a confidence level of over 99%.
Results Tidewater CC and Norfolk PS – Best Key Program KeyTrain is the primary tool for helping students prepare the GED First attempt success rate on the GED has been 89 - 94%. Nearly 400 students completed their GED and have been placed in jobs, the military or college. A 100% success and placement rate was recorded in a recent class of more than 100 students.
Results Albuquerque TVI Results Retention English 98 + KeyTrain: 81% course retention English 98 alone: 60% course retention WorkKeys Reading for Information English 98 + KeyTrain: 78% scored Level 4 or higher English 98 alone: 57% scored Level 4 or higher Pre vs. Post Accuplacer Scores English 98 + KeyTrain: 46% increased Accuplacer performance English 98 alone: 35% increased Accuplacer performance
Results Workforce Central Florida Study: Success: Attaining a Silver WorkKeys-based Work Readiness Certification (requiring level 4 in seven skill areas.) KeyTrain: 91 enrolled, 73 completed the curriculum - 80% Certified Other WorkKeys Curricula: 69 enrolled, 42 completed the curriculum - 44% Certified Instructor-led: 82 enrolled, 59 completed the course - 72% Certified Workforce Central Florida adopted KeyTrain for its programs. Since then, they have had an 88% success rate with KeyTrain.
KeyTrain Skill Areas Reading for Information Applied Mathematics Locating Information Applied Technology Listening Writing Teamwork Observation Business Writing Pre-WorkKeys Courses
ACT-Compliant Curriculum KeyTrain / Thinking Media is an ACT “Level I Publisher” and “Preferred Provider” of WorkKeys curriculum KeyTrain has been reviewed and found to meet ACT’s standards for WorkKeys skills instruction – the first curriculum that met standards in all skill areas. ACT™ and WorkKeys® are trademarks of ACT, Inc. Thinking Media is not owned or controlled by ACT, Inc.; however, ACT, Inc. has reviewed these training materials and has determined that they meet ACT, Inc.’s standards for WorkKeys training curriculum.
Why Chose KeyTrain for Basic Skills Development? Effective instructional design Most effective curriculum for WorkKeys Shown effective in a variety of applications Market-leading WorkKeys curriculum Chosen for more statewide implementations of WorkKeys curriculum
KeyTrain Instructional Design High instructional design standards enable true and effective skills development. Systematic approach of setting objectives, reviewing skills, and practicing skills in realistic applications. More thorough explanation of practice problems. Constructive, context-sensitive feedback enables students to understand and learn from mistakes. Full natural voice soundtrack enhances understanding and attention span especially for low- reading skill learners.
Most Effective WorkKeys Curriculum Workforce Central Florida – Conducted a study of two curricula using 160 students in classes with similar circumstances and duration - KeyTrain – 80% met criteria for certification - Other curriculum – 44% met criteria Chicago Public Schools – Conducted a side-by-side comparison of ACT Level 1 WorkKeys curricula, including over 7000 hours of testing - Chose KeyTrain and implemented in over 100 schools - Have since logged over 120,000 hours - Demonstrated higher PSAE scores in students who use KeyTrain Major Manufacturer – Nine reviewers rated 126 design criteria - KeyTrain rated higher in all 17 summary categories - KeyTrain rated higher or equivalent in 103 of 109 detail categories
Shown Effective in a Variety of Applications GED Preparation – Tidewater C C, Virginia – Addition of KeyTrain to GED program significantly increased GED passing rates. Program now has a first attempt success rate of 89 to 94%. Has placed nearly 400 students into jobs. Accuplacer – TVI Technical College, New Mexico – Compared two different English classes using traditional curriculum and KeyTrain. Analyzed results using WorkKeys and Accuplacer. The KeyTrain class had an increase of 21% in the percentage of students scoring over Level 4 in WorkKeys, and an increase of 11% in the percentage of students improving Accuplacer scores. TABE – Adult Education, West Virginia – Noted increases of up to 4 or 5 grade levels in TABE after using KeyTrain. WorkKeys – Georgia Manufacturer - 200 employees who tested Level 3 or below in Reading, Math or Locating, 95% increased at least one level and 72% increased two levels or more
Market Leader for WorkKeys Curricula 75% Market Share for WorkKeys curricula as determined by ACT Some example of KeyTrain Adoptions: –Louisiana – WorkReady Certificate – TANF 47 of 48 Colleges –Kentucky – Employability Certificate – KCTCS State License –Michigan – Post Secondary Award – Many One Stops/Schools –Virginia – Certificate – 95% of Colleges –West Virginia – Adult Ed Adoption – State License –North Carolina – Working on Initiative 26 Colleges and growing –South Carolina – Technical College State License ½ One Stops –Illinois – Prairie State Exam – Chicago Public Schools, 1/3 others –North Dakota – One Stops – State License –Mississippi – Career and Technical Ed – 80% Voc. Schools –Georgia – Over 1/3 of High Schools –Oregon– Teacher/ParaPro State License –Hawaii – Community College – State License
More Statewide Curriculum Purchases KeyTrain has been purchased for more statewide implementations of WorkKeys curriculum –South Carolina –West Virginia –Oklahoma –Oregon –New Hampshire –North Carolina –Indiana –Hawaii –Kentucky –Louisiana –Virginia –North Dakota
New Curriculum Features More workplace contexts More step-by-step instruction Updated look to appeal to wide variety of users and applications Topic Quizzes now ensure that students gain skills as they move through the curriculum.
New Management Features Track usage time on a day-by-day basis Can require students to take lessons in order No installation or setup required* Macintosh and multi-browser support Default assignments for all students Updated look to appeal to wide variety of users and applications Features expected 2 nd quarter 2006 * On 92% of computers nationwide.
KeyTrain Career Skills KeyTrain Career Skills is an interactive set of 200 lessons Field-tested curriculum Skills identified by employers as those most needed by employees to be successful Short true/false quiz at the end of each lesson Major topic areas: –Work Habits, Communication Skills, Workplace Effectiveness, Business Etiquette, The Job Search
Certificate-Key™ A simple, convenient way to share certificate data A system to allow training providers and employers across a community or state to share information on –Certificates –Certificate candidates or holders –Job certificate requirements
Multiple Training Provider Accounts Training providers manage job seeker data Job seekers not allowed to enter their own WorkKeys scores Training providers or employers can manage job data Job seeker personal data only exposed to training providers – employers get individual’s serial numbers only
Reports for Job Seekers and Jobs by Certificate Level
Benefits of Certificate-Key Easily import student data from files Coordinates data between multiple training providers and employers Simple in concept allows easy startup It’s here now – provides a solution for managing certificate data if no other immediate solution exists.