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More than 60% of S.C. 11th-graders demonstrate work skills proficiency

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Results from a statewide career readiness assessment show that more than 60% of South Carolina’s high school juniors have the skills necessary to perform 67% of the jobs available in the assessment’s database.

All S.C. 11th-graders took the ACT WorkKeys skills assessment test in the spring of the 2016-17 school year. Of those 50,681 students, 60.8% earned silver or higher scores, meaning they possess the skills needed for 67% of the available jobs in the ACT database, according to results released Monday by the S.C. Department of Education. Almost 15% (14.8) earned gold or higher recognition, indicating they have the skills for at least 93% of the listed jobs.

Sixty-three students achieved platinum-level scores, signaling that they qualify for virtually every job in the database. Molly Spearman, superintendent of the education department, will honor those students.

S.C. juniors took the WorkKeys assessment for the first time in 2015.

“Our state has tremendous job and career opportunities available to our graduates,” Spearman said in a news release. “We must continue to work collaboratively with the business community to strengthen our work-based learning experiences while students are still in school.”

Results of the ACT, a college readiness assessment test also taken by all 11th-graders, will be released later this month.

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