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New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential. New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education October 2013 MODULE 6: Option 2: National Work Readiness Credentials. Topics. Topics Review of Options 1 and 2

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New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential

New York State Education Department

P-12: Office of Special Education

October 2013

MODULE 6: Option 2: National Work Readiness Credentials



Review of Options 1 and 2

New York Comprehensive Center Research

Nationally Recognized Work Readiness Credential: Common Elements

Review of each nationally recognized credential

Skills Assessed

Reading and Math Levels

Curriculum/Training Materials

Test Administration


Unique Features



Selection of National Credential and Options 1 and 2


*The information provided on the nationally recognized work readiness credentials is based on our review of the credentials. For official information, contact the vendor.

** May not offer Option 2 as only means to earn CDOS Commencement Credential.

s credentials

New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) Research

Literature Review


Districts and BOCES personnel

Institutes of Higher Education

New York State Trade and Industry Advisories

Other States

National Credential Vendors

Common Elements

Each of the 4 National Work Readiness Credentials:

Signal readiness for entry-level employment;

Developed in collaboration with business and industry experts and educators;

Measure slightly different skills;

Provide common language for describing basic job skills;

Require students to pass assessments;

Allows accommodations for individuals with disabilities;

Meets industry standards for validity and reliability; and

Has associated costs.

National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)

Skills Assessed

Listening, reading with understanding, using math to solve problems, cooperating with others, resolving conflict and negotiating, taking responsibility for learning and critical observation

Reading and Math Levels

Reading: 7th - 8th grade

Math: 7th - 8th grade

Curriculum/Training Materials

Guide for Trainers and Instructors

Work Readiness Credential Candidate Handbook

Sample tests

National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)

Test Administration


Wide range of sites

4 modules completed within one year

Pass/Needs More Skill Development

Multiple choice


Approximately $75.00 for all 4 assessments

$18.00 test retake fee for each assessment

Unique Features

Lead agency: New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL)

Assessment Vendor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Steck-Vaughn

Skills Assessed

Skill Connect™ Assessments

Technical skills and knowledge in more than 44 trade, industrial and technical areas

47 different assessments

Workforce Ready System®

General employability skills assessment

Reading and Math Levels

Reading - 8th grade

Math - grades 6th through 8th (depending on specific career assessment).

Curriculum/Training Materials

Blueprint of Competencies for each career area

Professional Development Program


Test Administration

On-line assessment

May be administered at school

Must be proctored

No time limit


Non SkillsUSA members: $20.00 per assessment

Member schools: $10.00 discount per student

SkillsUSA/Print-Ed: $10.00 per assessment

Unique Features

Assesses career specific and general employability skills

Demonstration questions

NYS registered CTE programs



[email protected]

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Skills Assessed

NCRC - WorkKeys

Reading for Information

Applied Mathematics

Locating Information


Soft Skills

Reading and Math Levels

Reading: 8th grade through high school

Math: 5th grade through high school

Curriculum/Training Materials


Career Ready 101


National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Test Administration

Licensed test sites only: schools may be licensed


3 assessments: each costs $5.50 per person

Certificate cost: additional $5.50 per person

Licensed Test Site: $100 Membership

Unique Features

Results include four levels of performance (bronze, silver gold and platinum)

Levels equate to qualifications for specific jobs


ACT, Inc.


Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS)

Skills Assessed

Applied mathematics and reading

Critical thinking and problem solving

Work place behaviors

Reading and Math Levels

CASAS Competencies and CASAS Content Standards

Relevant across full range of instructional levels: beginning literacy through high school

Curriculum/Training Materials

No single curriculum

Database (QuickSearch) of over 2,300 commercially-available print, audio, visual, and computer-based instructional materials

Test Administration

Computer delivered

Multiple choice, written responses and video simulations

Administered at local, regional or state levels


Approximately $45 per candidate

Vary by number and type of tests

Additional start-up and software costs

Unique Features

Additional Skill Building Resources and Assessments


Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) 1-800-255-1036; and

Learning Resources, Inc. (LRI) 1-203-637-5047

Considerations: Selecting Nationally Recognized Work Readiness Credential

Resources and/or curriculum to support instruction

Assessment site

Flexibility and ease of administration

Obtain additional information

Cost verification and negotiation

Build capacity

One or more nationally recognized credentials

Offer Options 1 and 2

Considerations: Options 1 and 2

Career planning

Transition planning and services

Career-related instruction and workforce expectations

Opportunity for high school diploma

Parent and student knowledge of CDOS Credential

Instruction-Using CDOS credential in job search

Objective assessment of student skills

Implement with fidelity


National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)

NYS Assessment Sites:

Becoming an Assessment Site:

NYSDOL:(888-469-7365) [email protected]

National Career Readiness Certificate: WorkKeys

Employers Recognizing WorkKeys


SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System and Employability Assessment


Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS)

Work Related Competencies

CASAS Competencies

CASAS Basic Skills Content Standards

Technical Assistance

June 2013 Field Memorandum: NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential

Questions: email [email protected]

P-12: Office of Special Education: Diploma and Nondiploma Exiting Credentials

Special Education Policy (518) 473-2878

Webinar Modules

Module 1 – Overview

Module 2 – Career Plan and CareerZone

Module 3 – NYS CDOS Learning Standards

Module 4 – CTE Coursework and Work-based Learning

Module 5 – Employability Profile

Module 6 – National Work Readiness Credentials

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