For the first time this year.
every 11th grader in Wisconsin is required to take
that test was given at schools across the state.
It's part of Wisconsin's new effort to ensure all
students are *career and college ready.*
Students will also be taking a second test.
created by A-C-T.
that measures job skills.
Lisa joins us with details in tonight's Assignment:
that second test is called WorkKeys.
Every 11th grader in Wisconsin will be *required*
to take that test tomorrow.
Most of us know.
the A-C-T is a college admissions exam.
But WorkKeys is all new for students and employers.
Megan Bush has worked at Festival Foods for three
I love working here.
She landed the job as a junior in high school.
I applied online.
It was all online.
When she was brought in for her interview.
the grocery store was searching for one particular
We're really looking for great customer service skills.
Were you able to find everything you were looking
But there are other important skills that are useful
Having that good multitasking, oranization skills
depending on if you're going to be working with money.
cash handling experience is always beneficial to us
Here's 36 cents.
1,2,3 and 4.
Whether someone has the right skills for a specific
job can be measured by a test created by A-C-T called
it's a very different test than the ACT.
Much more practical.
The test is a job skills assessment that analyzes
basic skills required by employers.
It's three different tests 45 minutes in length.
And it will test them in the area of careers.
information they need to be ready for careers.
it's more applied math, applied reading, applied writing
rather than theoretical or something you might get
in a college class.
If you go online.
you can take sample questions.
They start off pretty easy and then they go up in
levels and they become a little bit more difficult.
Here's an example of a level 3 math question.
Test takers are asked to perform a single subtraction
operation and numbers are presented in logical order.
A level 7 math question is much more complex.
including multiple steps of
calculation and math conversions.
WorkKeys Score Report
Depending on how they do on their WorkKeys assessment.
depends on which level of certificate they receive.
There are seven levels of test questions.
Students who score at least a level 3 on all three
ACT WorkKeys exams will earn a bronze certificate.
Students who score a level 4 will receive a silver
Level 5 students get a gold certificate and level
6 and 7 receives platinum.
So, if a student for example, wants to go work at
McDonald's or work in retail, the certificate can
be one source that the businesses use to see the skill
level of the students because you need different skills
for different types of jobs.
So, it really brings more opportunity for our students
Megan didn't need a *WorkKey's* assessment to get
her job at Festival.
but the human resources department says the National
Career Readiness Certificate could be beneficial to
applicants in the future.
If we had a few candidates in front of us and they
were all equally as personable and they all had great
customer service skills, having some extra backing
would be nice to determine if they're going to be
a good fit with the company or whether they have longevity
The *WorkKeys* test is designed to help employers
select, hire and train the right person for the job.
Have a nice day.
In La Crosse.
Wisconsin is one of 18 states that now requires all
11th graders to take the A-C-T.
When it comes to WorkKeys.
there are nine states that are giving the test statewide.
Both tests are given during the school day as part
of Wisconsin's statewide assessments.
So, the state is paying for the exams.
Since WorkKeys is new.
?what will the national certificates mean to potential
At this point, administrators tell
me a lot of conversations
need to take place.
Local businesses need to be educated on the WorkKeys
exam and how the results could help them hire the
right person for their company.