State Board adopts guidance for WorkKeys accommodations

The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting by videoconference/teleconference on Monday, adopted accommodation guidelines for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency on WorkKeys assessments.

The Alaska Supplement for WorkKeys Assessment provides guidance to school districts in their administration of the assessments, which Alaska requires for 11th-graders. WorkKeys assessments provide students with information about their readiness in three academic skills valued by employers — reading for information, applied math, and locating information in graphical formats.

In most cases, students who take WorkKeys assessments are eligible for a national career readiness certificate. Additionally, students may use high scores on WorkKeys assessments to meet part of the eligibility criteria for Alaska Performance Scholarships for technical certificate programs.

The board sent out for public comment proposed regulations that would set the criteria by which students can exit English language proficiency programs, based on their scores on an assessment.

Additionally, the board approved the operating and capital budgets for the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development for fiscal year 2013. The packet for the meeting is at bit.ly/xYuTCq.

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