National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC)

Just as the ACT score is one indicator of college readiness, scores from the three assessments required to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate® serve as a reliable predictor for workplace success. Hundreds of employers across the state and thousands across the nation recognize the NCRC. Whether a student plans to attend a four-year college, a two-year technical school, or directly enter the workforce after high school, the NCRC is a valuable addition to the student’s portfolio and resume.

The South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program. DLR staff will assist in assessing the students and the cost of one test per student is covered by the State. The number of students assessed is a local decision. Review the DOE NCRC Policy, including information on re-taking the exam.

For more information about the NCRC, follow this link: http://dlr.sd.gov/workforce_services/ncrc/ncrc_educators.aspx



South Dakota NCRC by the numbers:
Earned Certificates
Years Platinum Gold Silver Bronze No Cert Total Completed
2015-16 11
0.30%
782
21.46%
2,141
58.75%
506
13.89%
204
5.60%
3,644
100.00%
2016-17 16
0.41%
978
24.99%
2,163
55.28%
540
13.80%
216
5.52%
3,913
100.00%
2017-18* 692
16.61%
1,014
24.33%
1,415
33.96%
847
20.33%
199
4.78%
4,167
100.00%
*New assessment categories adopted