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Data for Action: More States Linking K-12 and Workforce Data

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November 20, 2013

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Data for Action: More States Linking K-12 and Workforce Data

More states are linking data across education and workforce systems, but there is room for further progress, according to the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) 2013 analysis of national and state progress on data effectiveness.

This annual analysis tracks state progress on the DQC's 10 State Actions to ensure effective data use. According to the report, states have varying levels of alignment between K-12 education, postsecondary education and the workforce:

  • 44 states connect data systems across K-12 and postsecondary education.
  • 19 states link K-12 data systems with workforce data systems, up from 11 states in 2011.
  • 24 states connect postsecondary and workforce data systems.
  • 30 states make regional labor market information available to local education administrators.
  • 26 states have begun skills gap analyses to study the alignment between education and workforce training and labor market needs.

In addition, teachers in 35 states can access data about their students through a secure website or portal, while in 14 states, parents can access data about their children through similar mechanisms. Twenty-eight states are producing reports about student performance on college and career readiness indicators.

To support high-quality and aligned data for CTE programs and students, ACTE has worked with several initiatives to improve data quality and sharing. A few of the most critical are highlighted below:

  • Workforce Data Quality Campaign: ACTE is one of eight national partners in this campaign, which is calling for policymakers to take a more inclusive approach to education data quality efforts, including a diversity of students and workers and a  range of education and labor market outcomes.
  • Certification Data Exchange Project:  In cooperation with a number of national and state partners such as CompTIA, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Department of Education, ACTE is supporting a project to expand and improve data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems.
  • School Codes for the Exchange of Data: ACTE led this project to revise CTE course titles, descriptions and classifications within the National Center for Education Statistics Secondary School Course Code Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED).

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