Golden on state WorkKeys
Results are Golden on state WorkKeys test
Posted on 01/25/2012

Quality education for a quality life means graduating young people ready for success at the next level in their life. WorkKeys test results for this year show Floyd County seniors are prepared for success upon graduation. These seniors are certified ready according to the results shown on the WorkKeys test that ranks ability to process and use skills in reading for information, locating information (critical thinking) and applied mathematics. “I feel this is the single most important assessment most of our students will take during high school,” stated Frank Pinson, CEO of the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy. “This not only shows what our students know but also measures their ability to use that knowledge in their career or as they further their education.” WorkKeys is a part of the Georgia Work Ready program. 

The administration of the assessment in the fall was the fourth administration of the WorkKeys assessment in Floyd County Schools. The system made significant gains in students earning certification and those reaching the platinum and gold levels which are the highest levels of certification. The number of students earning certificates increased to its highest level this year at 92 percent. That is up from 86.7 percent in 2008. Armuchee High seniors were the top performers in the county in percentage of students earning certificates and those scoring at the highest levels. Armuchee tested 132 seniors with 96 percent earning certificates and 31 percent of those at the Platinum or Gold levels. Model High was second with a certification rate of 93 percent; Pepperell had 92 percent and 91 percent of Coosa seniors earned certification. “Across the board, our seniors scored extremely well on this important assessment,” said Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “Our students, parents, teachers, and staffs in our school communities can be very proud of the positive implications the results from this testing provides us related to the preparedness of our seniors.”

WorkKeys awards four levels of certification: bronze, silver, gold, or platinum. The state goal is to have 25 percent of the workforce certified at the gold level. Floyd County seniors had 116 or 21 percent already scoring at the gold level. The state trend is for there to be more test takers scoring at the bronze level than gold. In Floyd County, those numbers are actually reversed as 116 scored at the gold level and 102 scored at the bronze level. The majority of the seniors in Floyd County (296) scored at the silver level. 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College personnel administer the WorkKeys assessment to seniors in Floyd County Schools each year. The annual administration of the Work Keys is an example of the partnership between Floyd County Schools and Georgia Northwestern. The education institutions are active partners with the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce in economic development for the Rome and Floyd County area through the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy. Georgia's Work Ready program is a tool available to local communities in Georgia to help validate that they have the workforce ready to fill the hiring needs for both existing and new industries. Georgia's workforce development vision links education and workforce development and aligns them with economic development at the state, regional and community levels. 

Pete McDonald, vice president of economic development at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, noted that Work Ready Certification is a tool for community growth and prosperity. “When recruiting new businesses and industry to our community, we can proudly point to the number of individuals certified at certain levels needed by a prospective employer,” McDonald said. “This gives our community a valuable advantage in continuing to promote job growth in Rome and Floyd County.” 

WorkKeys allows employers to simplify decisions about hiring, training, and program development needs by matching job profile information with assessment scores of Georgia Work Ready Certified potential and incumbent employees. According to the Georgia Work Ready Website, hundreds of thousands of WorkKeys assessments are administered each year to help individuals assess their current skill levels and to determine how improving their skills can lead to better-paying jobs. Students, businesses, and organizations use the WorkKeys test to improve skill levels and strengthen communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. The WorkKeys test is a product of ACT. 

You can get more results from WorkKeys testing here.