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Teacher Self-Assessment

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System Requirements for TeacherKeys:
366 MHz Pentium II

Memory Requirements:
Minimum:
64 MB RAM WindowsR 98 SE and Windows ME
128 MB RAM Windows 2000, Windows NT R, and Windows XP
Recommended:
128 MB RAM Windows 98 SE and Windows ME
256 MB RAM Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Windows XP

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows NT with Service Pack 6a, or Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3

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Other: Microsoft Virtual Machine Minimum Version 5.0.3802.0 (for Business Writing only)

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Please note that there is a 30-day time limit to take the TeacherKeys assessments; if you are not prepared to complete all of your desired assessments within 30 day's time, please wait to begin until you are ready to do so. Thank you.



FOR TEACHERS

(For Schools and School Districts, scroll down or click here )

What is TeacherKeys?
TeacherKeys is a set of web-based self-assessments which measure skills that school district employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any education professional. TeacherKeys is a take-at-home, practice version of ACT's WorkKeys assessments and can be accessed directly via the TSN site. Workkeys is utilized by schools, agencies and employers nationwide to assess and address workplace skills.

How TeacherKeys Works
Individuals establishing a professional profile are encouraged to take three assessments (Writing, Applied Math and Reading ) to enhance and distinguish the profile. These tests are available at no extra charge directly through the TSN website. After reviewing your scores, you'll have the option to:

  • Add these self-assessment scores to your profile for viewing by district employers
  • Seek remediation to improve your scores
  • Take an actual WorkKeys test at an authorized test center
  • Add the actual proctored WorkKeys score to your TSN profile

Why is TeacherKeys Important?
The jobs of today require higher skill levels than in the past. Employers are having an increasingly difficult time finding qualified employees. TeacherKeys helps schools who are hiring teachers identify candidates who are likely to be most qualified for their positions. TeacherKeys skill levels (i.e., the scores on the assessments) provide an estimate of the foundational skills that the schools require you to have.

What does the TeacherKeys Score mean?
TeacherKeys scores can provide you and administrators with an estimate of your skill levels. When considering candidates for teaching positions, it is important for districts to know if candidates possess critical foundational skills. Optimal skill levels have been identified based on national profiling. Districts may choose to review this information as they review your TSN profile. Following review of your TeacherKeys results, prospective employers may ask you to go to a testing center to take the WorkKeys tests as part of your application process.

Do higher skills mean higher salaries? Yes. Studies show that jobs requiring higher skills in math and reading pay higher entry-level salaries. In fact, skill levels appear to show a stronger correlation to pay than education levels do. Benefits for Teachers
  • Understand how your skills correspond to those required by employers
  • Use TeacherKeys as an indicator of how you will score on WorkKeys tests used by districts as part of the application process
  • Identify additional training that can improve your career opportunities
  • Demonstrate your skills to employers for current and future positions
  • Increase productivity and morale by building skill competencies
  • Continue training to foster lifelong learning and to keep abreast of evolving workplace demand

The WorkKeys System The WorkKeys System is a comprehensive set of services including a process for profiling the levels of foundational skills required by specific jobs, tests that measure those skills, and support services for effective use of the profiles and tests. WorkKeys tests are administered in secure proctored settings.

In addition to Reading, Writing and Math, the WorkKeys system includes other assessments such as Locating Information, Teamwork, Observation, Listening, and Applied Technology. Each test presents workplace situations and real-world reading materials, problems or messages for examinees to respond to and/or solve. Examinees do not need prior job-specific knowledge to do well on the tests.

Standardized testing for WorkKeys assessments can be administered at a district site or can be taken at administration sites listed on the WorkKeys website at: http://www.act.org/workkeys/centers.html.


 
 

FOR SCHOOLS/ SCHOOL DISTRICTS

What is TeacherKeys?
TeacherKeys is a set of web-based self-assessments designed to help teacher candidates estimate their skills in three foundational areas: reading, writing and math. District employers believe these skills to be critical to teaching success. TeacherKeys is a take-at-home, practice version of ACT's WorkKeys assessments and can be accessed directly via the TSN site. The WorkKeys System is used by schools, agencies and employers nationwide to assess and address workplace skills.

Individuals establishing a professional portfolio on the TSN will have the option of taking TeacherKeys and adding these scores to their record. TeacherKeys scores would be available for viewing by prospective district employers who wish to see these self-assessment results.

What does the TeacherKeys Score mean?
When hiring for teaching positions, it is important to know if candidates possess critical foundational skills. TeacherKeys scores provide administrators with additional candidate information and help take the guesswork out of hiring decisions. Optimal skill levels (i.e., scores on the assessments) have been identified based on national profiling. The TeacherKeys self-assessment score is an estimate of a candidate's potential WorkKeys score. By reviewing the applicant's skill levels on the practice tests, you can see where the applicant may exceed, attain or fall short of the foundational skills needed to perform the job successfully. In order to accurately evaluate these skills, we recommend you require an official, proctored WorkKeys score prior to making a hiring decision. For candidates whose TeacherKeys scores fall short of your requirements we recommend, and provide links to, remedial training.

How to use TeacherKeys Scores?
TeacherKeys scores can be used in several ways:

  • Preliminary Screening of teachers for employment and advancement
  • Needs Analysis to determine key training needs and allocate training dollars
  • Training of teachers in critical performance areas
  • Transition planning to determine the future direction of your district's teacher base and assist individual teachers in their career development and planning

The WorkKeys System
The WorkKeys System is a comprehensive set of services including a process for profiling the levels of foundational skills required by specific jobs, tests that measure those skills, and support services for effective use of the profiles and tests. WorkKeys tests are administered in secure proctored settings.

In addition to Reading, Writing and Math, the WorkKeys system includes other assessments such as Locating Information, Teamwork, Observation, Listening, and Applied Technology. Each test presents workplace situations and real-world reading materials, problems or messages for examinees to respond to and/or solve. Examinees do not need prior job-specific knowledge to do well on the tests.

Another important aspect of the WorkKeys System is Job Profiling. This is a job analysis procedure which helps employers identify the WorkKeys skills and skill levels individuals must have to perform particular jobs effectively. The profiling procedure is designed to systematically develop accurate profiles through:

  • a task analysis that is used to identify the tasks most critical to the job
  • a skill analysis which is used to identify the skills and skill levels required for entry to the job and for effective performance on the job
Standardized testing for WorkKeys assessments can be administered at a district site or can be taken at administration sites listed on the WorkKeys website at: http://www.act.org/workkeys/centers.html.