WIN Learning Employer Background and FAQ’s

Effective Monday, July 2, 2018, South Carolina will transition to using WIN Learning’s Ready to Work assessments as the state-sponsored career readiness training, assessment and credentialing program.

South Carolina will use three state-branded South Carolina Ready to Work Assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information) to measure foundational career readiness skills and qualify program participants for the new state-sponsored South Carolina Ready to Work Credential. In addition, the WIN Learning solution includes an Essential Soft Skills assessment that measures foundational employability skills that are in-demand by South Carolina employers, including communicating effectively, conveying professionalism, promoting teamwork and collaboration, and thinking critically and solving problems. This robust tool will also be available through the education and workforce system at no cost to job seekers or employers.

Employers currently using the ACT WorkKeys® assessments (Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents) can continue to use those assessments. However, because the WorkKeys® assessments are no longer part of the state-sponsored program, most individual job seekers will have to pay the cost for the ACT WorkKeys® assessments (unless the employer/potential employer chooses to pay). The WIN Learning Ready to Work assessments and the Essential Soft Skills assessments will be available to all at no cost.

Following are some recent questions we have received about the transition. We will continue to share updates via email over the next several weeks.

Q. How do the newly adopted South Carolina Ready to Work Assessments and the South Carolina Essential Soft Skills Assessment compare to the previous assessments?

A. The South Carolina Ready to Work Assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information) measure the same foundational career readiness skill objectives and are based on the same skill levels as the ACT WorkKeys® assessments.

The South Carolina Essential Soft Skills assessment that qualifies a program participant for the new state- sponsored South Carolina Essential Soft Skills Credential measures the foundational employability skills that current research demonstrates are in-demand by employers across industry sectors but were not tested by the assessments previously used by the State of South Carolina.

Q. Are the new assessments and resulting credentials reliable and valid to support employment decisions and defendable in court?

A. Yes. The newly adopted assessments are designed in accordance with the nationally acceptedStandards for Educational and Psychological Testing, developed by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the Uniform Guidelines for Employee Selection Procedures, adopted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Q. Will the state of South Carolina continue to pay for the new assessments and credentials? And is re-testing/re-credentialing included?

A. Yes. The State of South Carolina is paying for the newly adopted assessments and resulting credentials including re-testing/re-credentialing.

Q. Can the assessments be administered directly onsite by employers?
A. Yes. Employers may administer the assessments directly onsite at company locations.

Q. Can the newly adopted South Carolina Ready to Work Assessments be used in conjunction with existing job profiles?

Yes. The three South Carolina Ready to Work Assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information) that qualify a program participant for the new state-sponsored South Carolina Ready to Work Credential measure the same foundational career readiness skill objectives and are based on the same skill levels as the original ACT WorkKeys® assessments previously used by the State of South Carolina.

For questions related to how WIN Learning assessments are used with existing or new profiles, please contact Paul Connerty, KC Associates, LLC (WIN Learning consultant) at paulc@kcaconsulting.net or (843) 609-9562.

Q. How was the validity of the WIN Learning Assessments Established?

A. The WIN Learning Ready to Work Assessments were developed and validated in collaboration with Measured Progress (measuredprogress.org), a national nonprofit leader in the standards-based assessment industry. The WIN Learning Essential Soft Skills Assessment was originally developed by Castle Worldwide (castleworldwide.com), a national high-stakes industry licensure testing and credentialing company, in partnership with the National Work Readiness Council (nwrc.org) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The assessments are designed in accordance with the nationally accepted Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing developed by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Uniform Guidelines for Employee Selection Procedures adopted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

WIN Learning has done due diligence to determine the validity of each of the assessments and has “...empirical data demonstrating that the test is predictive of or significantly correlated with important elements of work behavior which comprise or are relevant to the job or jobs for which candidates are being evaluated”, in compliance with The Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (EEOC), Part 1607, §1607.4 (c), Evidence of validity.”

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