GAERF Joins Forces with NOCTI and MAVCC to Develop Ed Package
To better meet the needs of educators and students, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) has formed a strategic partnership with the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and the Multistate Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium, Inc. (MAVCC) to develop a comprehensive educational package for PrintED accredited programs.
PrintED, an accreditation and certification program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels, has grown since its development in 1986 from a state-wide program to a national industry-approved program with a strong presence in 34 states. The package will consist of a complete system that begins with the administration of a NOCTI pre-assessment to establish baseline knowledge and skills of the students. By using the MAVCC curriculum, a teacher can deliver a comprehensive curriculum and focus on the areas of need discovered through the pre-assessment. The system will conclude with the administration of a PrintED Certification Assessment. A program has the option to participate in any or all of the components.
As a result of this three-way alliance, GAERF Chairman Randolph W. Camp, CEO of Walton Media Services in Monroe, Georgia, notes, "Graphic arts educators all over the country can now take advantage of a defined process that will document student learning from pre-assessment of student knowledge, through delivery of appropriate instruction, to post-assessment measured by the PrintED Certification Examinations.
"This educational package provides technical and vocational educators with a way to measure student knowledge and skills against recognized industry-wide standards," Camp adds.
NOCTI President/CEO John Foster says the agreement promises significant benefits to educators, students and industry employers. "NOCTI provides comparison score reports, so that teachers can use data to improve their own delivery of the curriculum," he says. "For employers, the combination of pre-tests and post-tests that are industry-validated gives them assurance that certified students have mastered core competencies in their field." NOCTI has four decades of experience in designing and developing occupational competency assessments, providing more than 170 standardized technical assessments in a variety of occupational fields.