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 policy brief from Advance CTE explores state strategies to build a credential validation system, highlighting promising practices from Florida, Kansas and Louisiana.

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
January 2017

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

  • Research/ Report
March 2017

This research brief from CAPSEE examines independent state evaluations of community college programs and finds higher earnings for individuals who complete associate degrees, particularly in vocational or health-related fields.

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
February 2017

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

  • Case Study
March 2017

This study from the Online Learning Consortium examines six institutions in the United States that are experimenting with alternative credentialing strategies to provide flexible learning opportunities, including digital distance learning and prior learning assessments.

  • Research/ Report
April 2017

This research study from the Community College Research Center estimates the number of stackable credentials earned in the U.S., classifying stackable credentials into three types: Progression, Supplemental and Independent. 

  • Guide/Tool
April 2017

This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards identifies clear strategies for developing aligned K–12 and higher education goals and outlines how states can use those goals to drive strategic actions to support all youth on their path to attain a postsecondary credential of value.

  • Guide/Tool
June 2015

This Lumina Foundation paper envisions a credentialing system that is easily understandable, assures quality, is up to date and enables comparisons, and explores key actions that federal, state, education, and research stakeholders are taking to improve the quality/validity of credentials.

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