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Frameworks and Definitions of Work Readiness Linda M. Noonan, Executive Director Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Readiness Revised: Advancing Student Readiness and College Success October 17, 2008 New England Board of Higher Education. Skills for College and Work Readiness.

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Frameworks and Definitions of Work ReadinessLinda M. Noonan, Executive DirectorMassachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Readiness Revised: Advancing Student Readiness and College Success

October 17, 2008

New England Board of Higher Education


Skills for college and work readiness

Skills for College and Work Readiness

American Diploma Project – Achieve

The knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to be successful in college are the same as those they need to be successful in a job that:

Pays a family sustaining wage,

Provides benefits, and

Offers clear pathways for career advancement through further education and training.

Source: Closing the Expectations Gap 2008, http://www.achieve.org/node/477


Skills for college and work readiness1

Skills for College and Work Readiness

ACT – College and Workforce Readiness

…whether planning to enter college or workforce training programs after graduation, high school

students need to be educated to a comparable level of readiness in reading and mathematics.

Graduates need this level of readiness if they are to succeed in college-level courses without remediation and to enter workforce training programs ready to learn job-specific skills.

Source: Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different? http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/ReadinessBrief.pdf


Massachusetts employers define work readiness skills

Massachusetts Employers Define Work Readiness Skills

Communication – Written and Presentation Skills

Basic Math and Technical (Computer) Skills

Execution Skills – Problem-solving, following instructions, carrying out multiple tasks

Work Ethic – Motivation and drive, realistic expectations, respect for self and colleagues

Conduct and Deportment – Appropriate workplace etiquette and behavior

Source: Preparing for the Future: Employer Perspectives on Work Readiness Skills http://www.mbae.org/uploads/01122006111154MBAEReport-WorkSkills.pdf


Partnership for 21 st century skills
Partnership for 21st Century Skills


Massachusetts context

Massachusetts Context

Graduation rates and student achievement are both too low to meet future challenges

Academic standards in High Schools are not aligned with postsecondary and workplace entry requirements

A rigorous high school curriculum is an indicator of future success yet access not equal

Postsecondary education and training is essential for most jobs yet preparation not a universal expectation


Mbae recommended framework for college and career readiness

MBAE Recommended Framework for College and Career Readiness

Reform the fundamental high school model

Align Curriculum with demands of college and career

Ensure assessments measure relevant skills and content mastery

Create a system of partnerships to support and sustain reforms

Educating a 21st Century Workforce: A Call to Action on High School Reform

http://www.mbae.org/uploads/06102008230519EducatingA21stCenturyWorkforce.pdf


“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”

B.F. Skinner

Linda M. Noonan

617-737-3122

[email protected]


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