States support a wide range of career and technical education (CTE) programs that feature industry-recognized credentials, but how effective are they at preparing high school students for a future career and long-term success?
Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis by ExcelinEd and Burning Glass Technologies, examines whether the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. This project presents the most extensive data collection available on industry-recognized credentials earned in states.
Credentials Matter represents a critical first step to understanding the current credentials landscape across the U.S. so policymakers and other stakeholders can build a better career education system for students.
Visit CredentialsMatter.org to explore interactive maps and data tables and to learn more.
View the Credentials Matter report to examine the analysis’s approach, findings and recommendations.
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 provides insight into how industry credentials earned by high school students align with workforce demand in each state to inform education system improvements and state data collection practices. Visit ExcelinEd.org/CredentialsMatter for more information.