Credentials and Assessments

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

  • Case Study
October 2016

This brief from National Skills Coalition profiles Arkansas’ Career Pathways Initiative program - which uses TANF funds to help low-income parents gain industry credentials - and identifies action steps that state policymakers, advocates and stakeholders can take to develop similar programs.

  • Research/ Report
October 2015

This report by the Manufacturing Institute, SkillsUSA and Educational Research Center of America explores findings from a recent survey on perceptions of Career Technical Education (CTE).

  • Guide/Tool
September 2016

This paper from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation explores different approaches for measuring career readiness in state accountability systems and defines the role that employers can play in this process.

  • Guide/Tool
February 2016

This report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation presents two approaches for expanding the employer role in higher education accreditation and provides roadmap for developing an independent, employer-driven system.

  • Research/ Report
August 2016

This report examines the broad range of community colleges in the U.S., looking at differences in student demographics, state and local financing, tuition, and state strategies to reduce student barriers to successful enrollment and completion.

  • 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.

  • Research/ Report
January 2017

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

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