Assessment College AND Career Readiness: The National Academy Foundation and WestEd Launch New Student Certification System

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10 Jul 2012

What:  The National Academy Foundation and WestEd launch a next generation assessment system that provides multiple measures of career readiness and 21st century skills that complement the Common Core State Standard assessments for the purpose of measuring both college and career readiness.

The new NAF Student Certificate assesses career and technical knowledge and skill proficiencies aligned with industry-recognized standards, including foundational 21st century skills essential in establishing a student’s overall readiness for college and career.  The certification system includes end-of-course exams, culminating project assessments, and an internship assessment. It has been piloted for the past two years and will be available to the 60,000 students at NAF academies this fall.  Join us to discuss this exciting new system.

Who:  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.
Confirmed speakers include:

  • JD Hoye, President, National Academy Foundation
  • Stanley Rabinowitz, Director,  Assessment & Standards Development Services, WestEd
  • Hunter Rawlings, President,  Association of American Universities

Where:  Marriott Wardman Park
             2660 Woodley Road NW
             Room: Washington 1
             Washington, DC

When:  July 18, 2012 
           8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The National Academy Foundation (NAF)’s network of career-themed academies opens doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals.  During the 2011-12 school year, 500 NAF academies served 60,000 students across 39 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF’s national graduation rate of 97% testifies to the effectiveness this effort.