Call for a National Conversation on Creating a Competency-based Credentialing Ecosystem

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently joined policy leaders[1] in other organizations calling upon to call upon key stakeholders in our nation’s postsecondary education and workforce credentialing system to increase transparency, trust and portability in the credentialing marketplace. 

Making Career Readiness Count

This brief proposes a new framework that incorporates career preparation into college- and career-ready indicators. Within this framework, the importance of college preparation is reinforced by developing indicators of course completion/success, achievement, attainment, and experiential learning. The remainder of this brief provides suggestions to states in formulating college readiness indicators; lists state examples of indicator use in public reporting and accountability systems; and offers current trends for how states are using career-focused indicators.

The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer

The Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a learner’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. Originally created by the National High School Center, the revised Organizer incorporates feedback and insights provided by content-area experts representing diverse stakeholder communities, including workforce, early childhood education, career and technical education, community colleges, education nonprofits, and out-of-school time.

Replication of a Career Academy Model: the Georgia Central Educational Center and Four Replication Sites

This paper examines how four Georgia career academies compare with a Central Education Center (CEC) exemplar in Georgia. This study focuses on three elements of the CEC model; courses and curricula development based on need, stakeholder engagement, and seamless integration of career and technical education with academics and alignment between secondary and postsecondary education. Internet searches and key informant interviews from each site were conducted to assess the results.


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