Examining How Industry Credentials Create Pathways to Careers
States offer a wide range of career and technical education programs and credentials intended to prepare high school students for success, but how effective are these programs and the credentials students are earning?
Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis, examines how the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. This project includes a unique online tool presenting the most extensive collection and analysis of supply, demand and alignment data of industry-recognized credentials earned in states.
We hope Credentials Matter will inform and inspire efforts to build a better career education system for our students and their futures.
Credentials Matter is an ongoing research partnership between ExcelinEd and Burning Glass Technologies designed to shed light on the landscape of industry credential data collection and alignment across the country. The project includes a unique online tool presenting the most extensive collection and analysis of supply, demand and alignment data of industry-recognized credentials earned in states.
Credentials Matter findings and recommendations represent a critical first step to helping a range of stakeholders understand the current landscape of credentials earned and evaluate whether those credentials have currency in the job market.
All stakeholders must play a role in improving alignment to ensure students have opportunities to be successful. State agencies, policymakers, employers, educators, credentialing entities and families can improve student career readiness by identifying, promoting and reporting valued industry-recognized credentials.
- States: Convene stakeholders to implement policies and processes that leverage data on credential attainment and workforce demands to ensure alignment between education systems and the workforce.
- Districts, Schools and Postsecondary Institutions: Improve alignment between program offerings, credentials available and workforce demands.
- Business and Industry: Improve employer signaling to better communicate specific needs and the advantages that various credentials provide.
- Credentialing Entities: Increase capacity and willingness to provide states with data that can be integrated into their data systems to evaluate the return on investment of credentials for students and the workforce.
All stakeholders must play a role in improving alignment to ensure students have opportunities to be successful. The following resources will help you be part of the conversation and solution. Help us spread the word – Credentials Matter!
Resources include, press release, 100-word pitch, outreach email, blog post, promotional graphics and sample social media posts.
Report 2: Where Credentials Meet the Market
Where Credentials Meet the Market examines the impact of credential attainment on long-term student outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Kentucky—three states that collect rich, student-level data. Specifically, the report analyzes the credentials students earn in high school and their impact on students’ high school completion, community college enrollment and completion, and wages.
What They Are Saying
Recent Credentials Matter News and Blogs
- #AskExcelinEd: How can states measure a high-quality career pathway?
- #FactFriday: Only 18% of credentials earned by K-12 students are demanded by employers
- New Research: How COVID-19 Disrupted Credential and Occupational Demand
- Credentials Matter for Today’s Students
- Quality in CTE Programs: It’s All About the Data
- #AskExcelinEd: What is CTE, and how can it serve students in your state?
- Building Credential Currency to Ensure Credentials Matter
- ICYMI: Patricia Levesque – “Just half of states collect the data to know how aligned their credentials programs are with employer demand.”
- #AskExcelinEd: Why Are Industry Credentials Important for Career Pathways?
- Credential Engine Executive Director Reflects on Credentials Matter Research