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    School District employs ACT and WorkKeys to develop Assessment System to meet Business and Industry Standards.

    Date: October 21, 2014, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Embassy Suites, N.Charleston Convention Center

    Registration begins at 11:30
    Lunch at Noon
    Speaker 12:30

    $20 Member - $25 Non-member (one meeting only)
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    Education Benchmarking for Employable Skills

    Description: Dorchester School District Two has celebrated great academic success in recent years while experiencing South Carolina’s third lowest per pupil expenditure rate. Despite numerous accomplishments, a scrutinous self-review of student data revealed that many graduates fell short of an empirical benchmark representing readiness for post-secondary success. We believe, and research supports, that a vital component of an innovative instructional framework is a challenging and relevant assessment system. After considering the feedback of parents and business leaders across the community, we realized that graduation statistics and state assessments results were not considered relevant and did not communicate whether or not students were graduating with employable skills. In an effort to enhance stakeholder understanding, we extended our partnership with ACT to employ an assessment system that was aligned to Common Core State Standards, ACT College Readiness Standards, National Career Readiness Certificate Standards, and national business and industry standards.

    Primary Presenter Name: Dr. Ahmed Sean Alford

    Primary Presenter Biography: After earning a bachelor of science in social studies education, Alford was a world and American history, psychology, and modern literature teacher in Brown Deer, Wisc. He and served as an administrative assistant to the Richland School District 2 in Columbia, S.C., where he coordinated discipline and attendance interventions for students at Northeast High School and coordinated the in-school suspension program. In addition he provided instructional supervision for the Social Studies Department, performed the duties of assistant curriculum coordinator, and coached football and wrestling. Alford's success in managing these multiple tasks led to his appointment as supervisor of student personnel services for School District Five and as executive director of student support services at Richland County School District One in Columbia, S.C. Alford's last position before coming to Dorchester District Two as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction was as instructional services chief with the Beaufort County (S.C.) School District.


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