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  • Policy
March 2009

Minnesota’s Technical Skill Assessment project (TSA), which was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to encompass 79 Career Pathways, demonstrates how states can develop a strong assessment framework by engaging the employer community and aligning secondary and postsecondary systems.

  • Policy
March 2009

Kentucky is regarded as a leader in accountability and assessment, particularly when it comes to Career Technical Education (CTE). The commonwealth's accountability system, which was modified under ESSA, was designed to ensure student would graduate college and career ready.

  • Research/ Report
June 2008

Career Academies, designed to provide academic and technical training around a career theme, are a widely-used approach for high school reform. This MDRC study evaluates Career Academies, describing how they influenced students’ labor market prospects and postsecondary education attainment.

  • Policy
January 2008

This policy profile describes the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania's Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) program, which was developed with employer input and aims to equip students with employability and soft skills necessary for a successful career after graduation.  

  • Policy
July 2007

Washington’s Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) utilizes a point-based system to measure student progress and achievement and allocates state funds to institutions according to their performance. The objective is to prioritize student success over enrollment.

  • Policy
June 2007

Florida’s CAPE Act, initially passed in 2007, models how states can engage with industry and define quality industry certification standards for secondary and postsecondary students.

  • Policy
June 2005

New Hampshire has a statewide competency-based education and assessment system, requiring all students to complete competency-based pathways to graduate and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge and skills, rather than just accumulate credits based on seat time.

  • Guide/Tool
June 2005

The Student Interest Survey for Career Clusters® is a career guidance tool that allows students to respond to questions and identify the top three Career Clusters of interest based on their responses.