Credentials and Assessments

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

  • 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.

  • Guide/Tool
June 2015

This Lumina Foundation paper envisions a credentialing system that is easily understandable, assures quality, is up to date and enables comparisons, and explores key actions that federal, state, education, and research stakeholders are taking to improve the quality/validity of credentials.

  • Research/ Report
May 2018

This report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce examines earnings across education level, program of study, and majors to recommend five considerations for students as they navigate the postsecondary system.

  • 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
  • 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
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.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
August 2015

This report by Achieve and Advance CTE lays out the leverage points between Career Technical Education (CTE) and Competency-Based Pathways (CBP) and provides guiding questions to help state and local leaders consider how CTE is, can and should be a part of their CBP strategies.

  • Research/ Report
November 2015

In this report from New America, Mary Alice McCarthy examines the tradeoff between two- and four-year degree programs and the challenges to credit articulation that keep students from pursuing additional education.

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