WorkKeys for Educators

Benefits of WorkKeys in Education

Measures Student Performance

Educators use WorkKeys to document student’s abilities and improvement over the course of their education. WorkKeys score reports provide Level and Scale Scores. Level scores can be used for selection, promotion, or other individual high-stakes purposes. The scores are designed to be used with a job-profiling process for employee selection purposes. Scale scores are generally used by education institutions to identify changes in scores from one testing time to another. They are also used to meet guidelines for funding purposes. Scale scores are not to be used for hiring or promotion decisions.

Meets the Job Skills Employers Need

Educators can develop more efficient teaching strategies to improve students’ success in a variety of jobs, by identifying gaps between student skills and employment needs. WorkKeys helps educators ensure that students enter the work world with the foundational skills needed in any field they choose.

Students Do Improve Their Workplace Skills

Students who take more rigorous coursework have been found to improve their workforce and college readiness. Every student should leave high school with a ticket to the future. Educators must encourage students to take rigorous high school courses, monitor their academic progress, make timely interventions, and communicate early and often how well they are progressing toward their goals.

Students Take WorkKeys Seriously

WorkKeys is a tool that students use to identify skill levels for various occupations and career interests. Students can see a direct relationship between skill levels required in occupations that they are interested in and the skills they have acquired. Students can use our career skills lookup to explore occupations based on their WorkKeys scores. Graduates who can document their readiness for work have better chances of being hired into the workforce.

Students Understand Employment Opportunities

By administrating WorkKeys to students, educators can tailor counseling by focusing on student skills and realistic employment opportunities. Students can improve their success in a variety of jobs by having the skills needed by local employers.

Tips for Educators

Incorporate WorkKeys into the curriculum.

High schools can administer WorkKeys assessments at the beginning of 9th or 10th grade and place students in the appropriate coursework. With the help of school counselors, students can begin career exploration early and achieve the skill levels they need by graduation.

WorkKeys post-testing can be done in 11th or 12th grade. Using the same assessments in pre- and post-testing shows the direct relationship of curriculum impact and student learning.

Help students use their WorkKeys scores.

Offer students tips for using WorkKeys scores in real-life situations.

Encourage students to browse the WorkKeys scores needed for different careers to help them figure out what WorkKeys skill levels are required for the jobs that interest them.

Encourage students to create an account on

Implement or participate in a National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Use WorkKeys scores to provide support and direction for decisions about continuing education beyond high school.

Teach workplace skills in the classroom.

Use WorkKeys to reinforce the value of having solid workplace skills. Encourage positive workplace attitudes.

Be able to explain what WorkKeys scores mean.

The scores are determined by the number of questions that are answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. The skill level descriptions describe the skills that are achieved and can apply on the job or in training.

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