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ERIC Number: ED546848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks: The Key to Differentiating America's Workforce and Regaining Global Competitiveness
Clark, Hope
ACT, Inc.
In this report, ACT presents a definition of "work readiness" along with empirically driven ACT Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks. The introduction of standards and benchmarks for workplace success provides a more complete picture of the factors that are important in establishing readiness for success throughout a lifetime. While substantial evidence exists about the types and levels of skills that an individual needs to successfully transition from secondary to postsecondary education, less is known about what an individual needs to transition from postsecondary programs to employment and to achieve work readiness. College readiness standards and benchmarks, which outline the types of skills and achievement levels needed to succeed in first-year credit-bearing courses without remediation, are well established. On the other hand, comparable standards and benchmarks for work readiness--the skills and levels needed to succeed in the workplace--are less documented and not as well understood. [This report was authored with the assistance of Mary LeFebvre. Other ACT contributors to the report include Kurt Burkum and Tobin Kyte.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.