Must Haves

The following must have policy elements ensure efforts are comprehensive and center equity, accountability, and quality.

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Foundation

  • Include credit- and credential-level data from all state and state-related two- and four-year institutions and workforce training programs.
  • Include demographic information (race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status).
  • Create a unified data system or data that can be linked across relevant agencies.
  • Provide links to employment and wage data.
  • Provide links to all credentials (diplomas, badges, certificates, certifications, licenses, apprenticeships, degrees of all types and levels) delivered, issued, funded, authorized, overseen, or governed by the state/agency/entity.

Equity

  • Require annual reports that analyze awarded credit disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • If data reveals inequities in how learning is counted among demographic groups, require a process to identify and adjust policies and practices as necessary within and across relevant sectors.
  • Conduct systematic examinations of how a proposed action or decision may affect different racial and ethnic groups, for all ALC policies and decision making.

 

Accountability

  • Establish or identify a governing entity and related policy that compels state agencies, institutions, and systems to report data regularly and accurately.
  • Require annual reports that track demographics, employment, and wage data.

Quality

  • Require annual reports that track the relationship between awarded credit toward programs and employment/wage outcomes.

State Exemplars

A robust pre-K to workforce (P-W) data system provides the foundation for states to track and award credit and credentials to all postsecondary-level learning regardless of where it occurs. We have identified two states with similarly strong P-W Data Systems.

Kentucky: Strong P-W Data System that Tracks Additional Credentials

Kentucky: Strong P-W Data System that Tracks Additional Credentials

Kentucky provides an example of a strong data system that links data across multiple agencies to create Pre-K to workforce data systems. The state links to some credential data outside of public 2- and 4 -year institutions and is working to increase the types of credentials and learning they can track.

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Washington: Strong P-W Data System that Tracks Additional Credentials

Washington: Strong P-W Data System that Tracks Additional Credentials

Washington provides an example of a strong data system that links data across multiple agencies to create Pre-K to workforce data systems. The state links to some credential data outside of public 2- and 4 -year institutions and is working to increase the types of credentials and learning they can track.

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Resources

Kentucky Revised Statutes 151B.131-134 (2012)

These statutes establish and define the duties and board for the Kentucky Center Statistics, created for the purpose of collecting and linking data to evaluate educational and workforce efforts.

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Revised Code of Washington 43.41.400 (2007)

This code established the Washington State Education Research and Data Center (ERDC).

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Revised Code of Washington 28C.30.040

This code establishes EDRC's role in the career connected learning cross-agency work group.

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