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SD Department of Education August 2014  
Districts encouraged to sign up to administer NCRC assessment

The South Dakota Departments of Education and Labor and Regulation offer public high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Administering the NCRC assessment is optional for districts.

The NCRC is an industry-recognized, portable credential certifying essential skills needed for workplace success. To earn certification, students must attain at least the minimum certification level on three ACT® WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

The Elk Point-Jefferson School District has been offering all seniors the opportunity to take the NCRC since fall 2012.

Principal Travis Aslesen says, “We refer to it [NCRC] as their ‘point of separation.’ With all other characteristics of potential employees being equal, we hope that our seniors can use this certification as their ‘point of separation’ to establish a seriousness of purpose, focus on the future, and marked job skills to employers.”

Department of Labor and Regulation staff assist in assessing students on-site at local schools and the cost of one test per student is covered by the State. School staff need to supply the space and one computer per student, as this is a computer-based test. Students are allowed 55 minutes each for the three assessments.

The number of students assessed is a local decision, and the cost is covered by the State. The assessments are a great way to support existing class curricula, and schools may incorporate this assessment into specific classes. Schools can also offer the assessments to the general junior and senior student population to verify their real world workplace skills.

For more information, including how to schedule a testing session, please visit the Department of Labor and Regulation website. You can also contact Scott Kwasniewski, Department of Labor and Regulation, at (605) 688-4352 or Barb Unruh, DLR, at (605) 773-5821.

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