Credentials and Assessments

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

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource identifies roles that the state can play in supporting credential transparency, an online system with uniform, trusted and timely information about credentials, competencies, quality, pathways and outcomes.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource provides recommendations for flexible learning approaches that allow adult learners who are interested in postsecondary education the opportunity to participate in postsecondary learning, achieve marketable skills and credentials, and obtain family sustaining careers.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource from Capella University defines the key components of prior learning assessments (PLA) and provide strategies to make the implementation and sustainability of the PLA process successful.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This first of its kind national research explores the role of area technical centers (ATCs) in the CTE delivery system and how states can leverage ATCs to meet postsecondary attainment goals and serve learners.

  • Research/ Report
January 2021

This resource by Credential Engine recommends actions states can take to increase credential transparency. Credential transparency ensures that learners, education leaders, and the business community have the information they need to make informed decisions.

  • Research/ Report
January 2021

This report from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is organized around topics of importance to community colleges considering a stackable credentials approach to program design and provides information, examples and suggested resources.

  • Case Study
January 2021

This case study by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Education Sciences examines CTE credentials most commonly earned by Virginia high school graduates and offers suggestions to help stakeholders understand the value of different credentials.

  • Research/ Report
December 2020

This brief from Education Strategy Group provides examples of how states can make equity a core driver in their postsecondary credential attainment goals.