Presentation on theme: "Globally Positioning Students for Life in the 21st Century"— Presentation transcript:
1 Globally Positioning Students for Life in the 21st Century KeyTrain and Career Ready 101 are trademarks of Thinking Media WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate are trademarks of ACT, Inc.
2 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 standardsDesign and development of reliable test instrumentsUniform implementation of and access to suitable test instruments for all studentsProvision of accurate and statistically appropriate reports
3 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.3
4 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 levelHow do we document progress on these issues?How do we provide a credential that is useful to business and recognized nationwide?
5 Basic Skills for College and Work Readiness is a Broad Issue Does Not Apply Math WellPoor in InterviewsMore mathDifficulty with College CoursesTrial and ErrorRigorStruggles with TeamworkBehavioralCoachingCan’t Balance CheckbookTrouble with Workplace GraphicsFinance/math????Writing Skills are LackingEnglish CompositionDoesn’t UnderstandWhat He/She ReadsNeeds to Show Up on TimeCoachingEnglishLacks Career DirectionAnd GoalsVaried CareerExploration5
6 The Solution: Step 1: Adopt metrics that can measure these skills Use a system that can manage all aspects of improving these skillsStep 3:Issue a credential that already has national acceptance and traction
7 Finding a Solution: Metrics STEP 1: Creating MetricsThe ideal metrics would be:ValidReliableBased upon an agency that has a solid reputationDetermine measurement systemTrack performanceAssessment,Training,CertificationDefine Skills
8 The WorkKeys® ProcessResearchTrainingProfilingAssessments
9 ** 85% of ALL occupations utilize these skills WorkKeys® Skill AreasFoundational SkillsReading 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 SkillsTalent - predicts characteristics such as cooperation, discipline, influence, and stabilityFit - interests and values to determine the fit between a candidate and occupations in an organizationPerformance - measures tendency towards unsafe behaviors and attitudes towards work** 85% of ALL occupations utilize these skillsWHY these are the big three – set up for CRC9
11 WorkKeys Identifies Skill Gaps By comparing the job profile and individual assessment results, skills gaps can be identifiedKeyTrain566Skills Gap555Skills GapJob Profile444444Individual Results333333AppliedMathematicsReading forInformationLocatingInformation11
12 Finding a Solution: Creating Metrics Solution Step 1 – The ACT WorkKeys Assessment System:Doesn’t Understand What He/She ReadsReading for InformationDoes Not Apply Math WellApplied MathTrouble with Workplace GraphicsLocating InformationWriting Skills are LackingBusiness WritingStruggles with TeamworkTeamworkWorkplace Soft SkillsPersonal Skills - Talentand coordinating activities:Career Exploration linked to actual job profilesLacks Career Direction/GoalsPoor in InterviewsJob Search SkillsCan’t Balance CheckbookFinancial Awareness/BudgetingWorkKeys is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.
13 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 21/22Most US colleges use an ACT score of 18 for the cutoff whether a student takes remediationImplication: K-12 students with a Gold Level CRC much less likely to take remedial studies in collegeCommon Language – i.e. what does more math mean? Algebra? Or more Applied math?13
14 KeyTrain Foundation Skills KeyTrain Career Skills STEP 2 – Creating a Manageable SystemCareer Ready 101™ Manages Curriculum based upon the WorkKeys SystemKeyTrain Foundation SkillsTrainabilityTransferable skillsKeyTrain Career SkillsSoft skills in the workplaceJob Search SkillsResumes, Job Search, Job Applications, InterviewingCareer ExplorationSearch careers by WorkKeys skills and interest areas
15 Career Ready 101 manages all aspects of instruction. Difficulty with College CoursesDoes Not Apply Math WellSolution Step 2:Career Ready 101 manages all aspects of instruction.Writing Skills are LackingStruggles with TeamworkTrouble with Workplace GraphicsCareer Ready 101Doesn’t Understand What He/She ReadsNeeds to Show Up on TimePoor in InterviewsCan’t Balance CheckbookLacks Career Direction/Goals
16 Career Ready 101 Design Wizard Easily creates customized class calendar meeting classroom needs:Time per week, Time per semesterFacilities – computer lab access, etcComponent priorities given time and physical constraintsChooseTimeVariablesChooseFacilityVariablesPrioritizeComponentsEditCareer Ready 101My Course My Classes My Account My ReportsSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday12 About CRC3 Career Clusters45 Interest Assessments6 Exploring Career Options789 Financial Awareness10 Financial Awareness1112 Reality Check13 Creating a Resume141516 Your Resume17 Your Resume1819 Interviewing Skills20 Interviewing Skills2122232425262728CompletedPast DueDue Today16
30 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%.30
31 Results GED Programs Tidewater CC and Norfolk PS – Best Key Program KeyTrain is the primary tool for helping students prepare the GEDFirst 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.31
32 Results Career/Tech Education - Oklahoma With some usage of KeyTrain remediation 78% increased at least one levelFor all three tests:6.3% at Level 340% at Level 430% at Level 520% at Level 63.8% at Level 794% at Level 4 or above50% at Level 5 or above32
33 Results Central New Mexico Community College Retention English 98 + KeyTrain: 81% course retentionEnglish 98 alone: 60% course retentionWorkKeys Reading for InformationEnglish 98 + KeyTrain: 78% scored Level 4 or higherEnglish 98 alone: 57% scored Level 4 or higherPre vs. Post Accuplacer ScoresEnglish 98 + KeyTrain: 46% increased Accuplacer performanceEnglish 98 alone: 35% increased Accuplacer performance33
34 Why Certify Students with Career Ready 101? 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 skillsWe currently have multiple state-wide contracts, serving millions of studentsCareer Ready is the next generation of KeyTrain, including additional career readiness and financial awareness curriculum and management capabilitiesACT™ 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.
35 National Career Readiness Certificate Difficulty with College CoursesSolution Step 3:Certify basic and workplace skills using the National Career Readiness CertificateDoes Not Apply Math WellWriting Skills are LackingStruggles with TeamworkNational Career Readiness CertificateTrouble with Workplace GraphicsDoesn’t Understand What He/She ReadsNeeds to Show Up on TimePoor in InterviewsCan’t Balance CheckbookDiploma and NCRC demonstratesReady for College/Ready for WorkLacks Career Direction/GoalsThe National Career Readiness Certificate is a trademark of ACT, Inc.
36 Important Elements of the System WorkKeys – Assessments from ACT, Inc.Foundational SkillsPersonal SkillsKeyTrain – Online Curriculum from Thinking MediaDemonstrated improvement of Foundational SkillsComplete coverage of Personal SkillsNational Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC)Credential certifying 3 most common foundational skillsIssued by ACT; many states issue comparable state CRC’sCareer Ready 101™KeyTrain curriculum plus new career readiness curriculum, classroom management tools, and course calendaringWHY these are the big three – set up for CRC
37 Skill Areas of The Career Readiness Certificates Reading for InformationApplied MathematicsLocating InformationThree Certificate levels:Bronze – Minimum of Level 3 in all Skill AreasQualified for 30% of JobsSilver – Minimum of Level 4Qualified for 65% of JobsGold – Minimum of Level 5Qualified for 85% of Jobs
38 NCRC Provides Information on Skills This is the most important part of the certificate. It says WHAT a person can do. It tells employers what a person can do for them.
39 The NCRC is Nationally Accepted NCRC STATECRC STATE CERTIFICATESWORKKEYS REGIONAL ACTIVITYLIMITED WORKKEYS ACTIVITYThe NCRC isNationally AcceptedIt’s appropriate to use WorkKeys on a nationwide basis because it examines the foundational skills needed in virtually every job in the country.There are other advantages to using WorkKeys as the bedrock of a national credentialing initiative:
40 Benefits of an NCRC Portable credential for basic workplace skills Business: Easy way to measure skillsIndividuals: Easy way to demonstrate skillsEconomic Development: Document the quality of workforceEducation, Workforce Development, Training Organizations, and Business: Speak a common language
41 KeyTrain What sets us apart: A clear roadmap for implementing a complete career readiness strategyDon’t have to be an expert in career readiness to deliver an effective solutionSingle sign-on that combines previously separate information obtained from a wide variety of web sites and sourcesFlexible delivery – self-paced study, classroom learning, or a blend of the two.Intelligent class setup helps instructors recommends best combination of resourcesMultiple views for classroom presentation, grading or accountability reportingCreates a single point of accountability and ease of management.
42 KeyTrain Foundation Skills KeyTrain Career Skills A Comprehensive SystemKeyTrain Foundation SkillsTrainabilityTransferable skillsKeyTrain Career SkillsSoft skills in the workplaceJob Search SkillsResumes, Job Search, Job Applications, InterviewingCareer ExplorationSearch careers by WorkKeys skills and interest areas