Presentation on theme: "Globally Positioning Students for Life in the 21 st Century KeyTrain and Career Ready 101 are trademarks of Thinking Media. WorkKeys and the National Career."— Presentation transcript:
Globally Positioning Students for Life in the 21 st Century KeyTrain and Career Ready 101 are trademarks of Thinking Media. WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate are trademarks of ACT, Inc.
The Accountability Services Mission Promote the academic achievement of all North Carolina public school students and assist stakeholders in understanding and gauging achievement compared to state and national standards Design and development of reliable test instruments Uniform implementation of and access to suitable test instruments for all students Provision of accurate and statistically appropriate reports
Career Ready 101 Purpose: To provide a single system that combines all essential aspects of preparing a student or job seeker with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify, locate, obtain, and be trainable for the optimum career and/or job in their area, leading to a recognized national work readiness credential.
The Problem: How do we manage to address all of the common basic skills and workplace readiness issues? How do we reduce need for remediation of Reading and Math skills at the college level How do we document progress on these issues? How do we provide a credential that is useful to business and recognized nationwide?
Does Not Apply Math Well Doesnt Understand What He/She Reads Trouble with Workplace Graphics Needs to Show Up on Time Writing Skills are Lacking More math Behavioral Coaching English Composition English Coaching ???? Cant Balance Checkbook Poor in Interviews Finance/math Trial and Error Difficulty with College Courses Rigor Varied Career Exploration Lacks Career Direction And Goals Struggles with Teamwork Basic Skills for College and Work Readiness is a Broad Issue
The Solution: Step 1: Adopt metrics that can measure these skills Step 2: Use a system that can manage all aspects of improving these skills Step 3: Issue a credential that already has national acceptance and traction
STEP 1: Creating Metrics Finding a Solution: Metrics Determine measurement system Track performance Assessment, Training, Certification Define Skills The ideal metrics would be: Valid Reliable Based upon an agency that has a solid reputation
The WorkKeys® Process Research Training Profilin g Assessments
WorkKeys ® Skill Areas Foundational Skills Reading for Information* (Levels 3-7) Applied Mathematics* (Levels 3-7) Locating Information* (Levels 3-6) Applied Technology (Levels 3-6) Teamwork (Levels 3-6) Observation (Levels 3-6) Listening (Levels 1-5) Writing (Levels 1-5) Business Writing (Levels 1-5) Personal Skills Talent - predicts characteristics such as cooperation, discipline, influence, and stability Fit - interests and values to determine the fit between a candidate and occupations in an organization Performance - measures tendency towards unsafe behaviors and attitudes towards work ** 85% of ALL occupations utilize these skills
WorkKeys Skill Scale
WorkKeys Identifies Skill Gaps By comparing the job profile and individual assessment results, skills gaps can be identified Applied Mathematics 3 4 Reading for Information 3 4 Locating Information 5 Skills Gap Individual Results KeyTrain 5 6 Job Profile
Does Not Apply Math Well Doesnt Understand What He/She Reads Struggles with Teamwork Workplace Soft Skills Writing Skills are Lacking Trouble with Workplace Graphics Applied Math Locating Information Business Writing Teamwork Reading for Information Personal Skills - Talent Poor in Interviews Cant Balance Checkbook Job Search Skills Financial Awareness/Budgeting Solution Step 1 – The ACT WorkKeys Assessment System: Lacks Career Direction/Goals Career Exploration linked to actual job profiles Finding a Solution: Creating Metrics and coordinating activities: WorkKeys is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.
Training for College or Workplace? The needs of college and workplace-bound students are merging: Whether planning to enter college or workforce training programs after graduation, high school students need to be educated to a comparable level of readiness in reading and mathematics. - Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different?, ACT, Inc. Nationally over half of college freshmen take at least one remediation course (usually math or reading) 2006 ACT performed a study that showed a direct correlation between WorkKeys score in Reading & Math level 5 & an ACT score of 21/22 Most US colleges use an ACT score of 18 for the cutoff whether a student takes remediation Implication: K-12 students with a Gold Level CRC much less likely to take remedial studies in college
STEP 2 – Creating a Manageable System Career Ready 101 Manages Curriculum based upon the WorkKeys System KeyTrain Foundatio n Skills Trainability Transferable skills KeyTrain Career Skills Soft skills in the workplace Job Search Skills Resumes, Job Search, Job Applications, Interviewing Career Exploratio n Search careers by WorkKeys skills and interest areas
Does Not Apply Math Well Doesnt Understand What He/She Reads Trouble with Workplace Graphics Needs to Show Up on Time Struggles with Teamwork Writing Skills are Lacking Poor in Interviews Cant Balance Checkbook Solution Step 2: Career Ready 101 manages all aspects of instruction. Difficulty with College Courses Lacks Career Direction/Goals Career Ready 101
Career Ready 101 Design Wizard Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 12 About CRC3 Career Clusters4 5 Interest Assessments 6 Exploring Career Options Financial Awareness 10 Financial Awareness 1112 Reality Check 13 Creating a Resume Your Resume17 Your Resume1819 Interviewing Skills20 Interviewing Skills CompletedPast DueDue Today Career Ready 101 My CourseMy Classes My AccountMy Reports Easily creates customized class calendar meeting classroom needs: Time per week, Time per semester Facilities – computer lab access, etc Component priorities given time and physical constraints Choose Time Variables Choose Time Variables Choose Facility Variables Choose Facility Variables Prioritize Components Prioritize Components Edit
Instructors Class Dashboard
Career Ready 101 Library
Instructors Teaching Menu
Instructors Calendar View
Viewing a Lesson and Topic: Interactive Lessons or Classroom Presentations and Exercises Viewing a Lesson and Topic: Interactive Lessons or Classroom Presentations and Exercises
Instructor-Led Lessons include lecture guides, presentations, handouts and printable quizzes.
Career Ready 101 Class Reports
Career Ready 101 Student Reports
Career Ready 101 Organization Reports
Georgia High School Graduation Test Population % KeyTrain Users Passing% Non-KeyTrain Users Passing At-Risk94%57% African American93%59% Special Education90%27% Low Socio-Economic93%36% Population % KeyTrain Users Passing% Non-KeyTrain Users Passing At-Risk96%76% African American93%77% Special Education94%50% Low Socio-Economic97%65% GHSGT English/Language Arts GHSGT Math Sample KeyTrain Results
Results Chicago Public Schools - PSAE KeyTrain was implemented in over 100 high schools. Students who completed at least one level in KeyTrain = One full level higher on WorkKeys Applied Mathematics on average. One half level higher on WorkKeys Reading for Information on average. (Sample size > 1100 per group, less than 5 hours KeyTrain use per skill.) More than 130,000 students have been enrolled in KeyTrain at CPS, and over 430,000 contact hours have been logged. The effect of KeyTrain is significant at a confidence level of over 99%.
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 %. 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 GED Programs
Career/Tech Education - Oklahoma With some usage of KeyTrain remediation 78% increased at least one level For all three tests: – 6.3% at Level 3 – 40% at Level 4 – 30% at Level 5 – 20% at Level 6 – 3.8% at Level 7 94% at Level 4 or above 50% at Level 5 or above Results
Central New Mexico Community College 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
Career Ready 101 is a product of Thinking Media, the producers of KeyTrain® Career Ready 101 and KeyTrain are based upon the WorkKeys Assessment System, produced by ACT, Inc. We Level I Publishing Partners with ACT, Inc. KeyTrain has a proven track record of improving WorkKeys skills We currently have multiple state-wide contracts, serving millions of students Career Ready is the next generation of KeyTrain, including additional career readiness and financial awareness curriculum and management capabilities Why Certify Students with Career Ready 101? 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.
Does Not Apply Math Well Doesnt Understand What He/She Reads Trouble with Workplace Graphics Needs to Show Up on Time Struggles with Teamwork Writing Skills are Lacking Poor in Interviews Cant Balance Checkbook National Career Readiness Certificate Solution Step 3: Certify basic and workplace skills using the National Career Readiness Certificate Difficulty with College Courses Lacks Career Direction/Goals Diploma and NCRC demonstrates Ready for College/Ready for Work Diploma and NCRC demonstrates Ready for College/Ready for Work The National Career Readiness Certificate is a trademark of ACT, Inc.
Important Elements of the System WorkKeys – Assessments from ACT, Inc. – Foundational Skills – Personal Skills KeyTrain – Online Curriculum from Thinking Media – Demonstrated improvement of Foundational Skills – Complete coverage of Personal Skills National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) – Credential certifying 3 most common foundational skills – Issued by ACT; many states issue comparable state CRCs Career Ready 101 – KeyTrain curriculum plus new career readiness curriculum, classroom management tools, and course calendaring
Skill Areas of The Career Readiness Certificates – Reading for Information – Applied Mathematics – Locating Information Three Certificate levels: Bronze – Minimum of Level 3 in all Skill Areas – Qualified for 30% of Jobs Silver – Minimum of Level 4 – Qualified for 65% of Jobs Gold – Minimum of Level 5 – Qualified for 85% of Jobs
NCRC Provides Information on Skills
NCRC STATE CRC STATE CERTIFICATES WORKKEYS REGIONAL ACTIVITY LIMITED WORKKEYS ACTIVITY The NCRC is Nationally Accepted
Benefits of an NCRC Portable credential for basic workplace skills Business: Easy way to measure skills Individuals: Easy way to demonstrate skills Economic Development: Document the quality of workforce Education, Workforce Development, Training Organizations, and Business: Speak a common language
KeyTrain What sets us apart: A clear roadmap for implementing a complete career readiness strategy Dont have to be an expert in career readiness to deliver an effective solution Single sign-on that combines previously separate information obtained from a wide variety of web sites and sources Flexible delivery – self-paced study, classroom learning, or a blend of the two. Intelligent class setup helps instructors recommends best combination of resources Multiple views for classroom presentation, grading or accountability reporting Creates a single point of accountability and ease of management.
A Comprehensive System KeyTrain Foundatio n Skills Trainability Transferable skills KeyTrain Career Skills Soft skills in the workplace Job Search Skills Resumes, Job Search, Job Applications, Interviewing Career Exploratio n Search careers by WorkKeys skills and interest areas