District One students sixth in state on ACT WorkKeys

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Anderson School District One officials say they are pleased with the results of the first administration of ACT WorkKeys. All 11th grade test takers in District One placed 6th in the state for students earning a bronze, silver, gold or platinum National Career Readiness Certificate.

The goal of the ACT assessment is for all students to earn a work ready certificate that helps match future employers with the student’s skill set. Of the 641 District One students who took the assessment, 94.4% received a work ready certificate.

Anderson One Results: Bronze 18.7%; Silver 46.0%; Gold 28.9% (Anderson One placed 9th in the state for Gold); Platinum 0.8%.

Christie Shealy, Director of Accountability and Testing, said, “ACT Workkeys, a job skills assessment, includes Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. The Locating Information subtest is often the most challenging assessment, but 98.4% of students in Anderson One received a score that would qualify them for a certificate.”

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said, “It is very timely of South Carolina to adopt WorkKeys for the students in our state as we focus on helping all students be work ready. The implementation of the new Profile of a South Carolina Graduate raises the bar for schools to teach World Class Knowledge with high expectations for students academically, while focusing on the development of global skills and life characteristics to help students become more competitive in college and the workplace.”

“The positive ACT WorkKeys results confirm the hard work our students and staff put into career readiness and workforce development skills. I commend them for their efforts,” said David Havird, Superintendent of Anderson District One.

South Carolina in one of three other states – Alabama, Michigan, and Wisconsin – requiring WorkKeys® testing of all students in a particular grade.

According to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) statewide, 88 percent of all 11th graders taking the assessment earned a National Career Readiness Certificate on WorkKeys®.