Credentials and Assessments

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

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
January 2017

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

  • 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
February 2017

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

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
February 2017

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

  • Research/ Report
December 2014

This report from Advance CTE examines the employer engagement landscape with a particular focus on the ways in which states can foster and sustain meaningful employer engagement to strengthen their CTE system for all students through policy and practice.

  • 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. 

  • Research/ Report
June 2017

This research study from the Urban Institute examines the impact of Accelerating Opportunity (AO), an initiative that enables learners to complete high school equivalency programs while simultaneously working toward an industry credential.

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