Recently, Independence Community School District (ICSD) seniors took the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test. The NCRC is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents.
The ACT website states that, “The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.”
Principal Howard is pleased to share that 100% of the Class of 2019 took the NCRC assessment and nearly 50% of the class scored 15 or more on the test. 23 received a Bronze certificate; 33 received a Silver certificate; 34 received a Gold certificate and 13 received a Platinum certificate. Since making this test a requirement for our seniors in 2015, this is the largest number of students scoring a 12 or better with 79% of the class doing so.
Student scores at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 16% of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 67% percent of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 93% of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 99% percent of the jobs in the database. Platinum certificates are very hard to receive.
Here is the breakdown of how the ICSD seniors scored in each assessment area:
Scores of Class of 2019
Average score per section is 4.0
Applied Mathematics – Mean score: 5.1; above average
Graphic Literacy – Mean score: 5.2; above average
Workplace Documents – Mean score: 4.4; above average
Total – Mean score: 14.7; above average
Breakdown of Categories
Platinum – 13 students (lowest score on any test was a 6)
Gold – 34 students (lowest score on any test was a 5)
Silver – 33 students (lowest score on any test was a 4)
Bronze – 23 students (lowest score on any test was a 3)
No Score – 8 students (lowest score on any test was a 2)
Scores by Section
Applied Mathematics: 31 Platinum, 37 Gold, 28 Silver, 12 Bronze, 3 No Certificate
Graphic Literacy: 44 Platinum, 36 Gold, 15 Silver, 14 Bronze, 2 No Certificate
Workplace Documents: 24 Platinum, 33 Gold, 30 Silver, 19 Bronze, 5 No Certificate
Top Total Scores
Dalton Bantz and Zander Smith each scored 21 which is the highest possible score on the test.
Principal Howard states, “I am very proud of the Class of 2019 for their scores on the NCRC. They did an outstanding job. Our teachers and staff are doing a great job in preparing seniors for post-secondary success, whether that is college, military or the workforce.”
For more information on ACT’s NCRC, visit their website at www.act.org/certificate/about.html.