Credentials and Assessments

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

  • 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.

  • Guide/Tool
April 2015

This report from the SREB describes eight actions states can take to build rigorous, relevant career pathways and double the number of young adults earning industry and postsecondary credentials.

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
February 2017

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

  • Research/ Report
April 2018

This report from Credential Engine provides a preliminary confirmed count of U.S. credentials available in 2018 and finds that a total of 334,114 credentials exist in the marketplace today. 

  • Policy
September 2018

Oklahoma’s statewide initiative, Launch Oklahoma, supports the goal of 70 percent of Oklahomans between the ages of 25-64 attaining a postsecondary degree, certificate or credential by 2025.

  • Research/ Report
  • Guide/Tool
September 2018

This report from Education Strategy Group, Advance CTE and Council of Chief State School Officers provides a roadmap for how states can identify which credentials have labor market value and approaches to improve credential attainment and reporting.

  • 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.

  • Research/ Report
June 2018

This report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce examines the impact of postsecondary credential attainment on workers’ outcomes in Oregon.

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