Here's the message that was sent to superintendents this week:
In April of this year, DPI conducted a survey of District Administrators on the value and usage of the WorkKeys assessment for grade 11 students. We received extensive feedback - thank you for taking time to respond.
Results of the survey show that 90 percent of responding school districts found limited value in the WorkKeys assessment for high school students. We are listening to the results of the survey in addition to feedback from many stakeholders over the past few years and will be discontinuing the WorkKeys as a mandatory grade 11 assessment in Wisconsin. Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, grade 11 students are only required to take the ACT with writing. ACT Aspire for grades 9 and 10 and the grade 10 Forward Social Studies assessment remain mandatory as well.
A predicted National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) level will continue to be included on students’ ACT score reports as it has for the past few years. In addition, for students who complete the student profile and interest inventory sections of the ACT, individual student reports will continue to include a variety of college and career planning information including interest-major fit and examples of related occupations. The predicted NCRC level is also included on the grades 9 and 10 Aspire score report.
DPI will continue to explore options for the optional administration of the WorkKeys assessment through other sources. We will share this information if it becomes a viable option for districts.
Thank you Carolyn Stanford-Taylor and DPI for listening and making this change.