March 7, 2018 (Independence, IA) – Recently, Independence Community School District (ICSD) seniors took the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test. The NCRC is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents.
The ACT website states that, “The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.”
Principal Howard is pleased to share that of the 110 seniors who took the NCRC assessment, 19 received a Bronze certificate; 42 received a Silver certificate; 19 received a Gold certificate and 18 received a Platinum certificate. Since making this test a requirement for our seniors in 2015, this is the largest number of Platinum certificates received by our students.
Student scores at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 16% of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 67% percent of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 93% of the jobs in the database.
Student scores at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 99% percent of the jobs in the database. Platinum certificates are very hard to receive.
Here is the breakdown of how the ICSD seniors scored in each assessment area:
Scores of Class of 2018
Average score per section is 4.0
Applied Mathematics – Mean score: 5.1; above average
Graphic Literacy – Mean score: 5.2; above average
Workplace Documents – Mean score: 4.5; above average
Total – Mean score: 14.8; Nearly 3 points above average
Breakdown of Categories
Platinum – 18 students (lowest score on any test was a 6)
Gold – 19 students (lowest score on any test was a 5)
Silver – 42 students (lowest score on any test was a 4)
Bronze – 19 students (lowest score on any test was a 3)
No Score – 6 students (lowest score on any test was a 2)
Top Total Scores
Donald Burns, Ciara Horn, Caleb Kramer and Brian Smith all scored 21 which is the highest possible score on the test.
The following students each scored a 15 or higher: Cullen Anderson, Savannah Astleford, Ana Beatty, Cyrus Butters, Kayla Carter, Alma Cashen, Benjamin Chavez, Tucker Chorpening, , Julia Coonrad, Kylie Coonrad, Maria Crawford, Rachel DeBoer, Allision Doyle, Tara Dryml , Dylan Erdelt, Sydney Etten, Josie Fischels, Luke Frank, Kelsey Gruber, Bejamin Kelly, Hayes Kern, Ethan Kirkpatrick, Catherine Lake, Karlie Michael, Anna Miller, Kira Reed, Chandlynne Reichenbacker, Jayeden Rice, Kyle Schmitz, Blake Schommer ,Madison Schroeder, Troy Tarpy, McKenna Wilson
Top Scores by Section
Applied Mathematics: Julia Coonrad, Luke Frank, Kelsey Gruber
Graphic Literacy: Luke Frank, Kelsey Gruber, Derek Weber
Workplace Documents: Ciara Horn
Principal Howard states, “I am extremely proud of how the members of the Class of 2018 did on the NCRC exam. These scores reflect the commitment of these students and the work of our tremendous staff. Independence Jr/Sr High School is definitely preparing students for post-secondary success.”
For more information on ACT’s NCRC, visit their website at www.act.org/certificate/about.html.