Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017

More than 86% of Juniors Earn Career-Ready Certificates

More than 86 percent of Greenville County Schools juniors earned a 2017 National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) based on scores earned on the ACT WorkKeys assessment. The ACT WorkKeys test measures essential workforce skills. Students passing the WorkKeys assessment earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certificate. In all, 86.1 percent of GCS students earned a Bronze certificate or higher.

NCRC Certificate Breakout Among GCS Juniors

  • Bronze: 21.5 percent (score of level 3 or higher on all exams)
  • Silver: 46.6 percent (score of level 4 or higher on all exams)
  • Gold: 17.8 percent (score of level 5 or higher on all exams)
  • Platinum: 0.1 percent (score of level 6 or higher on all exams)

WorkKeys consists of three sections: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. According to Dr. Jason McCreary, GCS Director of Accountability and Quality Assurance, the ACT WorkKeys test is an effective measurement of career readiness because it assesses real-world job skills and provides results that are essential to the workplace. The certificate can assist students with finding part-time or summer jobs, internships and employment. In South Carolina over 1,400 employers recognize the certificate.

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