Program Quality

Resources on topics such as program approval, accreditation, standards, programs of study, evaluation, personalized learning and academic-technical integration

  • Case Study
December 2016

This report from America's Promise Alliance examines the role that relationship building plays in supporting students along their career pathways. The report examines four sites to determine common approaches and best practices. 

  • Guide/Tool
January 2017

This paper from the Workforce Data Quality Campaign proposes a quality assurance framework for short-term occupational training programs and provides recommendations for state and federal policymakers to strengthen the quality of such programs. 

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
January 2017

This snapshot profile describes Delaware's work during Phase One of the New Skills for Youth initiative. 

  • Guide/Tool
November 2014

This report, the result of a year-long task force convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, presents a clear set of actions states can take to ensure more students graduate from high school prepared for high-skill, high-demand careers.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2016

This report from the SREB provides five actions for states and schools to help more young people learn computer science and explore and choose careers in computing fields.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
March 2017

This memo from MDRC summarizes extant research and promising practices related to career-focused education and training.  The researchers examine different approaches including sector strategies, career academies, high school equivalency and integrated basic education.

  • Guide/Tool
March 2017

This resource from ACTE provides a blueprint for designing and implementing high-quality programs of study. The framework can be used to evaluate and improve local programs of study.

  • 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.

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