the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
2, Number 4, 2008
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following is reprinted from the March 7 edition of Education Week,
. . .
next fall—only months before she leaves office—U.S.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings plans to have five teachers
on her staff and set up a group of 20 ad hoc advisers still working
be very useful in both directions for teachers to understand what
the issues are at the macro level,” she said in a recent interview.
“But it’s also hugely beneficial for us to make sure
we know: Is this policy implementable, doable, realistic, and righteous
by the classroom teacher?”
late than never?
coalition of education groups came together in the mid-1990s to draft
model standards for school leaders that would refocus the profession
on student learning. Since then, the resulting Interstate School
Leaders Licensure Consortium standards have been used or adapted
by more than 40 states to guide thier own preparation, licensure,
and evaluation programs for principals and superintendents. The standards
have recently been revised and interestingly, they have been changed
very little. The revision work was undertaken because of what has
been learned over the last ten years from research into how leaders
impact teaching and learning. This data has now been embedded in the
standards. The challenge for states is still how to prioritize inside
the standards to drive change. More information is available from
the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
- I have
heard recently from a number of people who have given me updates on
activities in their states. I am delighted to be able to update both
our CRC matrix and the contacts page on the CRC web site, and it is
gratifying to be able to add new names to the NOCC newletter mailing
list. Please look at the web site to make sure that your state is
news from Central Texas this week! Alamo Community College's Northeast
Lakeview College has received a grant from Alamo Worksource, their
local WIB, to pilot the CRC in the region this year. This means that
the CRC is now being supported in two parts of Texas--Houston being
the other--so perhaps this will encourage other parts of the Lone
Start State to grab the bull by the (long-) horns and join the effort.
is hard to keep up with the rapid deployment of the CRC in many states.
New Mexico reports that it has passed the 5000 mark and is issuing
CRC's at about 500 per month! And there is news from Iowa that the
governor has recently provided $500,000 for the CRC initiative to
go statewide. Then, in TN, they reset the counter when the pilots
were concluded and statewide deployment was initiated in October 2007,
and they have issued 1805 CRCs since then. This makes a grand total
of 6196 from the beginning of the pilot period during the preceding
Olsen in Alaska has written to bring good news from that state. Beginning
with the 2009-2010 school year, 6th
& 8th graders must take benchmark assessments in Applied Math,
Reading for Information, and Locating Information by using WIN courseware
placement tests, and 11th graders must take the ACT WorkKeys®
assessments in Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating
initiative is a partnership between two state agencies--the Department
of Education & Early Development in K-12 public schools; and the
Department of Labor & Workforce Development at the Job Centers.The
first year is being funded through Department of Labor money but it
is hoped that over the next few years state money will be used.
They are making the rounds of employers to get support for the CRC.
BP (British Petroleum) has used WorkKeys for several years already
in hiring some of their process technicians on the North Slope oil
fields. Dorothy Hanson at the University of Alaska does the testing
NANA Management, which is a large Alaska Native Corporation is getting
ready to use WorkKeys. Several other large employers have expressed
their support. The State of Alaska is looking into using WorkKeys
in their hiring process for a few state government jobs. Also, they
issued their first 3 CRCs last week! They were presented to 3 adult
job-seekers at a public ceremony by the Commissioner of the Department
of Labor and the "First Dude" (Governor Sarah Palin's husband,
NC comes news of two major employers, Kimberly-Clark and Curtiss Wright
Controls, Inc. who are posting job ads. that include the North Carolina
CRC as a preferred qualification. This is a great advancement, and
testifies to the hard work that Stephanie, Pam and so many others
do in this leading state.
SC initiated its statewide CRC effort, they worked with ACT to identify
ALL South Carolinians who were eligible to receive the certificate.
While not all of these CRCs have been awarded (people are sometimes
hard to find!), the result is that the numbers from SC have taken
a dramatic jump. Below is information from Melinda Eagle Peterson
who leads the statewide effort in SC:
as of February 5, 2008
62,000 Certificates have been earned (identified) from 2002 through
October 2007. Over half have been requested by partner sites, printed,
The number of Certificates earned in 2007 was 73% greater than Certificates
earned in 2006.
1,000 (WorkKeys) Profiles have been completed, involving at least
The number of Profilers has increased from 36 to 54.
Progress has been made with ACT on employing simpler and less-expensive
methods to obtain Certificate data and build a statewide database
Return on Investment
If WorkReady SC reduced turnover costs by only 15% for
the current employers that use WorkKeys, their collective annual
savings would be $2.92 million, a 177% return on the SWIB’s
investment ($1.65M). When using inputs exclusively for the manufacturing
sector, the results show a turnover savings of $3.2 million and
a return on investment of 195%.
is disturbing to many CRC Consortium members that there appears to
be a growing attempt to ignore or at least to denigrate the enormous
amount of hard work and expenditure of public funds (begun in 2003)
by governors, state agencies, and local organizations that resulted
in the rapid deployment and widespread acceptance of the CRC as a
local and regional skills credential. The CRC was intended to be,
and it is being used as a truly portable credential that crosses state
and regional lines. This fact is guaranteed by the standard use of
the three WorkKeys assessments and attainment levels. There has never
been an example of non-acceptance of a state-issued CRC in a different
state. It is surprising and disappointing therefore that the National
CRC (developed in 2006 by ACT, Inc) is being touted by some as the
only CRC that is guaranteed to be accepted anywhere
of people worked long and hard on the CRC initiative before the NCRC
was ever conceived to ensure that every CRC certifies the same skills
doesn't matter to employers and career seekers what the "first
name" of the CRC is-- it can be Florida, North Carolina, New
Mexico, or National! It is portable, well-recognized,
and accepted all over the country, and hundreds of thousands
of Americans, both employers and career seekers, have been helped
by our collective efforts.
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