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The Kudor Assessments are a series of two-three assessments, depending on grade level, administered to our students attending the Coosa County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC).
The first is an interest inventory that can be used by teachers and administration to identify a student’s career cluster interest. Staff at the CCCTC often have conversations with the student about the other options in that career cluster to find the right “fit.”
The second is a skills confidence inventory. This assessment is based on how confident a student is or is not with a particular job duty. For instance it may say “conducting a chemical evaluation on a water sample taken from a local pond” and the student will rate themselves on a likard scale ranging from “I don’t even know what that means” to “I could do that in my sleep.” The assessment uses those self-reported scores to determine a career cluster that the student’s skills confidence would be best related to.
The third survey measures a student’s work values, meaning what attributes or “perks” are most important to them. These consist of things like how important or unimportant things like salary, flexible work schedule, management styles, job prestige, etc. are to the student.
According to Hester Hamby, the Career Technical Education and Workforce Development director at the CCCTC, “Our goal currently is to make sure that all eighth through twelfth grade students take the assessments each year, but we certainly do not mind having seventh grade students take the first two that are available to them either.”
Hamby added, “My goal is that we will get to a point here at the Career Tech Center to be able to enroll rising ninth graders into the CCCTC program that best relates to the students’ interest and skills assessments, so that we know the programs they are taking are valuable to them and their goals and interests and therefore making the opportunities that are offered in the pathways more appealing and engaging for them. Ultimately, that would have the effect of making students more likely to be Career Tech Completers, earn a College and Career Readiness Indicator through a CTE credential or certification, and give them an in-depth opportunity to explore their career interests.”
Thank you to Hamby, the Career Technical Education and Workforce Development director at the CCCTC, who oversees the implementation of the Kudor assessment for our students. Congratulations to Coosa County Schools for making the Top 10 list.