Credentials and Assessments

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

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
March 2018

This report from the National Skills Coalition makes the argument for increasing Pell eligibility for students enrolled in short-term credential programs to address the growing demand for qualified workers to fill "middle-skill" jobs.

  • Research/ Report
May 2018

This report from the US Department of Labor provides the findings from a presidential task force charged with identifying strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2017

This policy brief from AEI aims to answer the question of how 2-year community colleges can offer more effective workforce training programs. The brief lays out a national landscape and provides an actionable plan for rethinking the mission of 2-year community colleges.

  • Guide/Tool
April 2017

This policy brief from the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center describes how states can develop and implement their own definitions of a well-rounded education focused on improving college and career readiness aligned with workforce demand and economic development efforts.

  • Case Study
July 2018

This report from the National Skills Coalition discusses the benefits of partnerships between community colleges and businesses, and how this can be supported through the Higher Education Act. 

  • Research/ Report
June 2016

This report from CPE, the third installment in the "Path Least Taken" series, explores the social and economic benefits of a rigorous high school education.

  • Policy
July 2014

Ohio's HB487 is an expansive education reform bill, addressing a wide array of topics including career guidance, expanding CTE in the middle grades, graduation requirements and industry-recognized credentials.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
August 2016

The brief from Advance CTE, part of the "Connecting the Classroom to Careers" series, highlights examples from West Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts that demonstrate either a systems-level or student-level approach to measuring work-based learning activities.

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