Using WorkKeys in your classroom
If students are going to be adequately prepared for the workforce, they need to understand the requirements for jobs they are considering. WorkKeys helps students determine the skill levels required for various jobs.
An increasing number of states are recognizing the importance of statewide WorkKeys testing, reexamining state standards and the content taught in high school to ensure that they focus on college and career readiness skills. The ACT ® test and WorkKeys assessments are recognized as the leading educational assessments for use in statewide testing.
States Using the ACT and WorkKeys
Public high school juniors take WorkKeys assessments in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information under a program called Alaska Career Ready. The goal of Alaska Career Ready is to provide families with a free resource that helps them prepare their students for the world of work. Students are eligible to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.
High school juniors take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME), which includes state-developed tests, the five tests in the ACT with writing, and the WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information assessments. Students are eligible to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.
High school juniors are required to take either the four multiple-choice ACT tests or the WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information assessments. Students are eligible to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.
High school juniors are required to take either the four multiple-choice ACT tests or the WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information assessments. The cost for either set of assessments for all students is paid by the state. Students are eligible to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Partnering for a stronger workforce
Business executives and economic development consultants work to identify the best locations for expansion and relocation. The availability of skilled labor is a critical factor in making these decisions.
A growing number of states, communities, and organizations are choosing WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate as the foundation for career readiness initiatives that energize their economic development and workforce strategies.
Together WorkKeys and the NCRC help communities and economic developers:
- Encourage businesses to stay in the community
- Increase the tax base through more profitable business partners
- Decrease unemployment rates
- Improve the quality of life for community residents
- Provide focused education and training to meet both individual and organization goals
Learn more about the NCRC
ACT partners with associations and advocacy organizations representing the needs of industry sectors to develop national skills credentialing systems.
Using WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate as a foundation, industries can build credentialing systems, such as the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, that promote career pathways. After this, ACT research tools and analytic expertise can help inform ongoing skills development. This allows individuals to match their career development with evolving workplace needs.
The Manufacturing Institute
The National Career Readiness Certificate is the world-class market leader in ensuring young adults are equipped with the basic academic skills necessary to pursue additional education, training, and employment in the manufacturing industry. The partnership between the NAM and ACT is critically important to begin addressing the workforce crisis.
—Emily Stover DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute and senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
The WorkKeys assessments ACT has built and refined over almost 20 years of solid research in the workplace will help indicate that our trainees are ready and able to succeed. The assessments and the National Career Readiness Certificate provide a consistent measure of skill levels and help identify specific training needs.
—Don Whyte, NCCER president
The Center for Energy Workforce Development
It is imperative that we understand what it will take to get potential candidates properly trained and ready to move into entry-level positions as quickly as possible. ACT’s workforce development solutions, including WorkKeys assessments and the National Career Readiness Certificate, as well as their international reputation as a data-driven assessment firm, makes them an ideal partner for CEWD as we begin the process of building tomorrow’s energy workforce.
—Ann Randazzo, CEWD executive director
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ACT workforce development solutions match any industry competency model.
Contact us to learn how partnering with ACT can help you prepare individuals to build career pathways in your industry.