Credentials and Assessments

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

  • Case Study
April 2017

This report from the Education Commission of the States examines state policies related to guided pathways, an increasingly popular strategy to help students complete a credential in a timely manner. 

 

  • Research/ Report
January 2018

This paper, produced by Advance CTE and ACTE, is the fifth annual review of CTE and career-readiness policies in the states and territories. The report highlights notable legislation, board rules, executive actions and governor-led initiatives in each state.

 

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
October 2016

This policy brief from MDRC summarizes an evaluation of New York's WorkAdvance skills training program and provides replicable strategies to identify targeted industry sectors, align training with program need, and strengthen retention and advancement for program participants. 

  • Research/ Report
May 2018

This report from the Center on American Progress examines racial disparities among completers of postsecondary certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs.

  • Research/ Report
May 2018

This report from Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Burning Glass Technologies analyzes job postings and resumes to determine the impact of underemployment on workers.

  • Case Study
September 2016

This paper from Achieve draws on competency-based education programs in Colorado and Illinois to provide recommendations for states, covering issues such as assessments, accountability, educator engagement and capacity building, CTE integration and engagement of higher education

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
May 2018

This report from the National Skills Coalition and the Workforce Data Quality Campaign examines states' progress on collecting data on non-degree credentials.

  • Guide/Tool
August 2016

This policy framework from the American Institutes of Research is designed to help states align their visions for college and career readiness with requirements and opportunities under ESSA.

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