Credentials and Assessments

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

  • 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.

  • Research/ Report
June 2018

This special report from the Western Governors’ Association presents the findings from the Western Governors’ Workforce Development initiative and recommends steps governors can take to improve the education and workforce systems in their states.

  • 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

  • Research/ Report
October 2018

This report from Brookings and Child Trends examines the quality of jobs held by young people who experienced disadvantages in adolescence and identifies factors that are associated with higher job-quality for this population. 

  • 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. 

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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