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NAFTrack Certified Hiring

NAFTrack Certification is achieved through an online system designed to assess college and career readiness and was created by education and business leaders. Student performance is measured not only through end-of-course exams, but also through culminating projects and internships. Upon successful completion of NAFTrack Certification, students are eligible for NAFTrack Certified Hiring!

Pathways' students are eligible for NAFTrack Certification. They will receive a My NAFTrack account to check their progress to NAFTrack certification throughout their high school career.

Three Components of NAF Track Certified Hiring:

1. Culminating Projects

Since NAF courses revolve around a culminating project, students work throughout the semester uploading work samples and answering 5 reflection questions per sample. These work samples illustrate mastery of content, progress of project work, and a variety of skills including collaboration and innovation. Each NAF course has a culminating project, but academies may choose other approved certification pathways that do not include a culminating project.

2. End of Course Exams

Students are assessed on a combination of multiple-choice and constructed response questions where students exhibit mastery of not only the content of the course, but also of the following skills: Critical thinking, problem formulation, and problem solving; Teamwork/collaboration; Locating, comprehending, and evaluating information; Listening and observation; Written communication; Quantitative reasoning; Systems thinking.

3. Internship Assessment

Students are assessed by their internship provider. Internship requirements include: No less than federal (or local, if higher) sub-minimum training wage; 120 hours that may consist of two 60+ hour internships; Direct supervision by an adult who is not the student’s teacher; Work produced is of value to the employer; Written individualized learning plan targeted to work-based learning outcomes.

NAFTrack Certification Helps Students:

  • Make the connection between their high school coursework and their futures
  • Reflect on their own learning in order to set goals for continuous improvement
  • Gain proficiency in taking online assessments, which are becoming more prevalent in higher education
  • Demonstrate the hard and soft skills they develop throughout their academy experience
  • Get on track to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a commitment made by top companies to give special consideration to NAFTrack certified job applicants.

Download more information about NAFTrack and NAFTrack Certified Hiring.


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