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WISEdash (FOR DISTRICTS) ACT WorkKeys Dashboards

WISEdash (FOR DISTRICTS) ACT WorkKeys Dashboard

 

About the Data

 

The ACT WorkKeys® is an applied skills assessment system which consists of 3 tests: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. It is currently a paper and pencil assessment administered to 11th grade students in the spring of each school year. It is used to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for positions.  

Students can earn ACT National Career Readiness Certificates TM (ACT NCRC®) which are recognized by business and industry nationwide. Through obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate, students have a clear way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers. 

To earn the ACT NCRC at this level... ...and qualify for this percentage of the jobs profiled by ACT-authorized job profilers... ...on each core test, a student must score at least:
Platinum 99% 6
Gold 93% 5
Silver 67% 4
Bronze 16% 3

Results

Results for students that took the exam as part of the Wisconsin statewide 11th grade ACT WorkKeys administration are available beginning with the 2014-15 school year. More information about the statewide ACT WorkKeys administration is available at
https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/act.

Cautions

Note that no single test can tell us whether students have learned everything that is important for students to learn. Additional local evidence should be reviewed for a more complete picture of student learning.

If, for any group, the percentage of students tested is low, users should not use the proficiency level percentages or the average scale score to reach conclusions about the performance of that group. 

Definitions of Key Terms

ACT WorkKeys Examination. The ACT WorkKeys exam is a statewide standardized exam.  Beginning in 2014-15, the exam was given to students in grade 11 and measured student achievement in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

FAY. Full Academic Year. FAY -with respect to the WorkKeys exam- describes students who have been enrolled in grade 11 in the same school or district since the beginning of the school year.

National Career Readiness Certificates. National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs) describe how well students performed on statewide ACT WorkKeys tests. The certificate levels are platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. These certificate levels are based solely on scores obtained on the ACT WorkKeys exam.

Scale Score. A measure of student performance on an ACT WorkKeys subject area test that takes into account the number and difficulty of test items answered correctly. The scale is applied to all students taking the ACT WorkKeys exam in a particular subject, making it possible to compare scores from different groups of students or individuals within a given year and over time.

Unknown Demographics (WISEdash). Data about student demographics that are collected by DPI for all students in schools covered by WISEdash WorkKeys reports but are unknown for certain students associated with these schools (rare). Demographics are unknown when a WorkKeys record is incomplete (e.g. gender or race/ethnicity code is missing or invalid) and that record cannot be matched to ISES Count Date (3rd Friday of September) records.

For more definitions, see WISEdash Glossary (includes terms used in WINSS and SDPR).

WSAS. Wisconsin Student Assessment System. The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. For more information visit http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment.  

 

ACT WorkKeys Exam Data Availability

ACT WorkKeys Exam scores are provided in WISEdash for those schools that had students in grade 11. ACT WorkKeys Exam results are provided in WISEdash for Districts beginning with the results from the 2014-15 school year spring administration for students in grade 11.  

ACT WorkKeys Exam Data Exchange

Districts were first required to administer the ACT WorkKeys Exams in the spring of the 2014-15 school year to students in grade 11. After the conclusion of the administration for all districts across the state, ACT WorkKeys Exam results from that administration were provided to DPI from the test vendor. DPI loaded these results for presentation in WISEdash. Part of the data loading process involves matching the assessment with the appropriate student in the data warehouse. That process uses the WSN, student name, and date of birth and allows some degree of variation or inaccuracy. Even so, some records could not be matched and were loaded and reported as unknown. A very small percentage of records may be misidentified with an incorrect student.

Scoring

Subject Scores

  • ACT WorkKeys Exam scale score results are presented for each subject area.
  • ACT WorkKeys Exam performance level results are also presented for each subject area. The performance levels are determined by ranges of scale scores for each subject area.  The performance levels are:

ACT WorkKeys Applied Mathematics

The ACT WorkKeys Applied Mathematics assessment measures the ability to apply mathematic principles to math-related problems encountered in the workplace. The assessment measures five skill levels, and each level builds on the skills measured in the previous levels.

  • Level 7 earners can translate complex textual information into more advanced numeric expressions and perform calculations based on multiple separate mathematic operations. Information provided in Level 7 test questions may be incomplete.
  • Level 6 earners can translate complex textual information into numeric expressions and perform calculations based on multiple separate mathematic operations.
  • Level 5 earners can set up and solve mathematic problems that require multistep calculations based on several separate mathematic operations.
  • Level 4 earners can set up and solve mathematic problems that require several separate mathematic operations. Level 4 test questions may include extraneous information.
  • Level 3 earners can set up and solve mathematic problems commonly encountered in the workplace that require one-step mathematic operations.

ACT WorkKeys Locating Information

The ACT WorkKeys Locating Information assessment measures the ability to find, analyze, and apply information presented in workplace graphics. The assessment measures four skill levels, and each level builds on the skills measured in the previous levels.

  • Level 6 earners can draw conclusions based on information found in one or more specialized or technical workplace graphics, including the ability to make predictions based on observed patterns.
  • Level 5 earners can draw conclusions based on information found in one or more complex workplace graphics, including the ability to apply information to situations not described in the scenario presented.
  • Level 4 earners can compare and summarize information found in one or more common workplace graphics.
  • Level 3 earners can find information presented in common workplace graphics and fill in information required by work-related forms.

ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information

The ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information assessment measures the ability to understand and apply information presented in workplace documents. The assessment measures five skill levels, and each level builds on the skills measured in the previous levels.

  • Level 7 earners can synthesize and apply information presented in one or more complex workplace documents. These documents are dense and include difficult concepts or descriptions of complicated procedures.
  • Level 6 earners can analyze and synthesize information presented in one or more complex workplace documents and requires inferences about the definition of specialized technical terms.
  • Level 5 earners can apply information presented in one or more complex workplace documents to situations not described in the test question and may require inferences about the definition of uncommon terms.
  • Level 4 earners can apply information presented in common workplace documents to situations not described in the test question.
  • Level 3 earners can understand terms, apply instructions, and identify the main ideas presented in common workplace documents.

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate TM (ACT NCRC®) levels

  • Student performance on the ACT WorkKeys exam is also reported in terms of ACT National Career Readiness Certificate TM (ACT NCRC®) levels. The ACT NCRC is an assessment-based credential powered by ACT WorkKeys®. Issued at four levels, the ACT NCRC certifies the foundational work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.
  • A platinum certificate indicates achievement of a Level 6 or above on each of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments that comprise the ACT NCRC.
  • A gold certificate indicates achievement of a Level 5 or above on each of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments that comprise the ACT NCRC.
  • A silver certificate indicates achievement of a Level 4 or above on each of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments that comprise the ACT NCRC.
  • A bronze certificate indicates achievement of a Level 3 or above on each of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments that comprise the ACT NCRC.

Using the Performance Dashboards to Improve Learning

Timely and meaningful assessment information about student performance allows:

  • teachers to target instruction to individual student needs,
  • students to better target their own efforts,
  • administrators to more fully understand what students know and are able to do, and to guide curriculum and professional development decisions, and
  • parents to understand what their child knows and is able to do in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

When used in combination with multiple measures of achievement, such as classroom observations and teacher-developed tests, the ACT WorkKeys Exam provides information about the progress of groups of students as well as the effectiveness of educational programs. No single test can tell us whether students have learned everything that is important to learn.

The scale score graphs provide information about the distribution of average scale scores within and across student groups. By using the filters, educators can compare the average scale scores for student groups between schools. Wide score distributions or low scores provide evidence of wide achievement gaps and/or low achievement.

The performance level graphs provide information about the distribution of average performance level within and across student groups. By using the filters, educators can compare the average performance level scores for student groups between schools. Wide score distributions or low scores provide evidence of wide achievement gaps and/or low achievement.

The NCR Certificate graphs allow users to compare the percentage of students who are performing at each NCR Certificate level within a school or district. Comparing the performance of students at each certificate level in each school or district provides one indicator of school and/or district success in a specific grade and prior grades up to the time of testing. Similarly, using the filters, users can compare the percentage of students in a specific demographic group who are performing at the certificate levels in each school within the district. If, for any group, the percentage of students tested is low, users should not use the certificate level percentages to reach conclusions about the performance of that group.

Frequently Asked Questions about ACT WorkKeys Data

  1. Is FAY used in the ACT WorkKeys dashboards? If so, where can I find FAY and non-FAY?

FAY filters are provided on the dashboards.  The default settings are: School level reporting is FAY School, District is FAY District.  The Statewide graphs apply the same filters as the selected agency graphs. See Glossary for the definition of FAY.

  1. Why is FAY used?

Including only FAY students in district and school summaries provides one indicator of how successful a district or school community has been in meeting the academic needs of students in tested grades up to the time of testing. Students in grade 11 who have been enrolled for a FAY are students who were enrolled in the same district or school since the beginning of the school year.


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