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Work-Readiness Credentials


by David Bills — February 14, 2005

An alliance of business and labor in New York State has proposed the awarding of a “work readiness” credential to high school students who pass a voluntary test measuring their ability to succeed in entry-level jobs. Concerned that too few high school graduates have developed the skills that employers say are needed for entry-level jobs, backers of the proposal argue that schools, employers, and new labor market entrants will all benefit from a new metric of job readiness that offers more relevant and timely information about the potential of job candidates than does the high school diploma.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11738, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 3:43:55 PM

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  • David Bills
    University of Iowa
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    DAVID BILLS is a sociologist with interests in education and the workplace, labor markets, technological and organizational change, educational demography, and social inequality.
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