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Jennings receives Platinum Level Certification on ACT WorkKeys

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Ryan Jennings is the first Batesburg-Leesville High student to achieve Platinum level on the ACT WorkKeys assessment. Ryan, along with 92 other students from across the state, was recognized by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman at a ceremony on September 21 in Columbia.

A job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high performance workforce, ACT WorkKeys measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

In the spring of 2016, all South Carolina students in their third year of high school took ACT WorkKeys, a job skills assessment. Students took three timed assessments in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information. For Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics assessments, students could earn up to a seven. On the Locating Information assessment, students could earn up to a six.

Students successfully earning a score of three or higher on all three assessments could earn a National Career Readiness Certificate at either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level, depending on performance. To earn a Platinum, students scored a level six or higher on all exams. To earn a gold, students scored a level five or higher. To earn a silver, students scored a level four or higher on all three exams. To earn a Bronze, students scored a level three or higher on all three exams. Jennings earned a six on Reading for Information, a six on Applied Mathematics and a six on Locating Information Learning. Ryan plans to attend Midlands Technical College in the fall to get an associate degree in science and will then pursue other educational opportunities. He is the son of Paul and Teresa Jennings.

Out of 143 Lexington 3 students in their third year of high school take the ACT WorkKeys in the spring, 85.3 percent earned a National Career Readiness Certificate compared to 86.8 percent statewide.

Percentage of Students Scoring Three or Higher Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Lexington Three 23.1% 47.6% 14.0% 0.7% South Carolina 21.7% 47.7% 17.2% 0.2%

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