Credentials and Assessments

Resources on topics such as industry-recognized credentials, technical skill assessments, capstone projects and postsecondary degrees and certificates

  • Case Study
October 2016

This policy brief from Advance CTE explores state strategies to build a credential validation system, highlighting promising practices from Florida, Kansas and Louisiana.

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
January 2017

This snapshot profile describes Tennessee's work during Phase One of the New Skills for Youth initiative.

  • Guide/Tool
July 2017

This paper from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences provides an overview and analysis of credentials that serve as alternatives to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and alternative pathways to achieving an academic degree.

  • Research/ Report
October 2017

This report from the American Enterprise Institute uses state administrative data and a return on investment analysis to determine the value of different postsecondary credentials. 

  • Research/ Report
October 2017

The Certification Data Exchange Project (CDEP) was launched in 2012 to provide a model for sharing industry-recognized credential data. This report from ACTE describes the project's goals, shares results and discusses lessons learned.

  • Research/ Report
May 2016

This report, an update to the 2014 Making Career Readiness Count from Achieve and Advance CTE, includes state-by-state information on how and which career-ready indicators states are including in their reporting and accountability systems.

  • Research/ Report
June 2017

This research study from the Urban Institute examines the impact of Accelerating Opportunity (AO), an initiative that enables learners to complete high school equivalency programs while simultaneously working toward an industry credential.

  • Guide/Tool
January 2014

This assessment review tool, developed by the Colorado Department of Education, is designed to help educators determine the validity and quality of potential assessments for measuring student academic growth.

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co