#FactFriday: An industry-recognized credential is one that’s endorsed by a nationally recognized association


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. Explore the most extensive data collection available on industry-recognized credentials earned in states at CredentialsMatter.org.

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Explore the Website

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Visit CredentialsMatter.org to explore interactive maps and data tables and to learn more.

Read the Report

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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.

Credentials Matter was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors.

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