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  • CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

    www.ctecs.org/va-wrs-assessment.htm

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

    Employers are adamant about the need to better prepare students for the workplace. The skills gap is widening. States and organizations have begun to respond by creating curriculum and resources to ensure that students are provided with the tools to be successful as they enter the workplace. To validate learning and award student success with a meaningful workplace readiness credential, CTECS is proud to offer an inexpensive, rigorous, and challenging assessment solution.

    100-item Multiple-Choice

    60-Minute Timed Test

    Standard of Mastery: 75

    Pricing

    WRS Assessment: $9.00

    WRS Retake: $7.00

    WRS Pretest: $6.00

    Web Page: www.ctecs.org/va-wrs-assessment.htm

    About the Assessment

    Contents

    Introduction - pg. 1

    About the Assessment - pg. 1

    Stakeholders - pg. 1

    CTECS Role - pg. 2

    Revision Timeline - pg. 3

    Research - pg. 4

    Teaching WRS - pg. 5

    Virginia Department of Education Superintendents Announcement - pg. 6

    E-SESS Standards Performance Summary Report - pg. 7

    Certifi cate of Achievement - pg. 8

    Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills List - pg. 9

    Stakeholders

    University of Virginias Weldon Cooper CenterValidated research and fi nal skills list; conducted employer survey; produced research reports and promotion (www.coopercenter.org/demographics)

    CTECSAssisted research on IT area; created test items; set cut score; implemented testing as test administrator (www.ctecs.org/va-wrs-assessment.htm)

    CTE Resource CenterConducted initial research/literature review; edited skills list; brought the list into Verso and made WRS a part of every CTE course task list; provided instructional resources; conducted inservices

    Virginia Department of Education--The Virginia Department of Education--Provided the vision and administration for WRS skills revision and credential development and implementation.

    Introduction

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

    The role of CTECS in the development and implementation of the WRS assessment is as follows:

    1. Work with the Weldon Cooper Center at UVA to research and validate the Workplace Readiness Skills.

    2. Work with the Virginia Curriculum and Resource Center to seat a committee made up of business, industry, education and guidance personnel to either link existing items to standards or develop them where they do not exist.

    3. Create a blueprint for the assessment and create a 100 item test for use in the initial pilot.

    4. Work with the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Curriculum and Resource Center to select a cross section of schools to conduct a pilot test of the assessment and a fi eld test of the E-SESS on line delivery system.

    CTECS Role

    CTECS Role in Technical Assistance: Training, Facilitation, Development

    Validate the assessment processes to ensure face and content validity and reliability

    Deliver the assessments online

    Provide technical assistance and professional development to implement and maintain online testing

    5. Coordinate and conduct the pilot test with the pilot site test administrators; analyze the results and feedback in order to improve the assessment and the delivery system.

    6. Notify school divisions through their test site administrators in Virginia regarding assessment availability costs and the registration process.

    7. Deliver the assessment to those who sign up during a window of opportunity beginning April 1, 2011 through the end of June 2011 school semesters; and continue offering the WRS assessment on a rolling basis to any Virginia school who wishes to administer the assessment.

    8. Continue to administer and improve the assessment in years to come.

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

    Continuous research helps to keep the CTE curriculum up to date.

    This research led Virginia to revise its 13 WRS from 1997.

    These reports, along with others, were reviewed and analyzed as part of the revision process.

    National research inspired Virginias revision of its 1997 Workplace Readiness Skills.

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    Integrity Workplace readiness skills are essential in almost every occupation. That is why, here in Virginia, we call them readiness skills. You need them to be ready to work and grow in every occupational environment.

    This is why the new curriculum revision tightly integrates teaching WRS into every CTE course. All CTE graduates need to know and understand that employers will expect them to bring these skills to the workplace.

    These skills are also critical as students move into the postsecondary environment.

    Research

    Percent Ranking Skills as Very Important for High School Graduates

    Source: Are They Really Ready for Work, 2006

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

    Teaching Workplace Readiness Skills

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    Teachers may wish to cover the WRS in the fi rst few weeks of school or as an instructional unit.

    The CTE Resource Center supports career and technical and occupational-technical preparation programs by providing resources for curriculum development and program design and implementation in response to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

    Through its online curriculum management system, Verso, new Workplace Readiness Skills have been included in every Virginia CTE course. Teachers may teach these skills in the context of their standard technical tasks. A wide variety of resources have

    been provided for each new Workplace Readiness Skill, including informational Web sites, discussion topics, background information, lesson plans, project ideas, activities, handouts, and worksheets. Further, skills are detailed with exact defi nitions that allow teachers to better understand state expectations and correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning. If they cannot fi nd a place for each Workplace Readiness Skill to compliment technical tasks within their courses, a wealth of curriculum resources enables instructors to teach them as stand-alone items or within a unit.

    Or, instructors can look for course content that might already cover a WRS and teach them together.

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    CTECS | 1866 Southern Lane | Decatur, Georgia 30033 | 800.248.7701 x. 3543 | www.ctecs.org

    Superintendent's Memo #088 11

    COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA Department of Education

    April 1, 2011

    TO: Division Superintendents

    FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

    SUBJECT: Assessment for Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth

    The Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), in collaboration with the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS