Eight District Five students recognized for earning Platinum score on ACT Work Keys


IRMO, SC - Eight students from Lexington-Richland School District Five were recognized for earning a “Platinum” score on the ACT WorkKeys testing program. Those students who earned the score include: Skyler McLeod (Chapin High School), Ian Bain (Irmo High School), Griffin Carter (Dutch Fork High School), Jordan Crooks (Dutch Fork High School), Ben Garris (Spring Hill High School), Carrie Sandel (Spring Hill High School), Issac Jones (Spring Hill High School) and Sydney Bertram (Spring Hill High School).

The ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that includes three timed tests taking 45 minutes each: Reading for Information (33 items), Applied Mathematics (33 items), and Locating Information (38 items). The South Carolina Code of Laws requires that all eleventh grade students take ACT WorkKeys. The scoring is broken down into four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. A Platinum score is a score of at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas.

District Five led the Midlands in the number of Platinum winners and ranked third in the state, placing behind just Charleston and Greenville. Statewide, only 94 students earned Platinum level. Earning this level certifies that you have the basic skills for 99% of jobs in the United States.

“District Five has a strong emphasis on preparing our students for success in their future careers,” District Five Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton said. “Attaining a Platinum score on the ACT WorkKeys is extremely difficult. We commend these students for their hard work and dedication. Also, congratulations are in order for the teachers and parents who taught and supported these wonderful students.”

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