12th grade and potential graduates Career and Technical Education concentrators.
To gauge whether high school students are career and college ready, the WorkKeys Assessment is another indicator in the state’s high school accountability model. When a student has completed the four-course Career and Technical Education sequence, he/she is administered the WorkKeys examination in the 12th grade. WorkKeys provides a gauge of career readiness and is widely recognized as an industry credential. WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation – skilled or professional – at any level of education, and in any industry.
Through the WorkKeys assessment, eligible students will receive a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate that carries the same registration code that is printed on the National Career Readiness Certificate. This code enables North Carolina credentials to be registered and verified in the national system. There are four levels of certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.