Credentials and Assessments

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

  • 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
June 2012

With certificate attainment at an all time high, this report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce examines who earns certificates, where they are earning them and the earnings return of certificates.

  • 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.

  • Research/ Report
December 2016

This study examines data from students enrolled in health CTE programs in California community colleges and finds higher wage outcomes for students who earn a health-related credential.

  • Research/ Report
October 2013

This report from the Center on Education Policy describes how states are defining career readiness and which assessments states and districts are using to measure this attribute, based on a survey of State CTE Directors.

  • Guide/Tool
May 2018

This guide from the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, a project of the National Skills Coalition, outlines nine steps states can take to measure attainment of nondegree credentials. 

  • Guide/Tool
April 2018

This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education examines topics of importance to colleges considering a stackable credential approach.

  • Research/ Report
March 2017

This research brief from CAPSEE examines independent state evaluations of community college programs and finds higher earnings for individuals who complete associate degrees, particularly in vocational or health-related fields.

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