Following Perkins IV, states have been urged to use technical skill assessments aligned with industry-recognized standards to measure CTE students’ technical achievement. Industry-recognized credentials—a component of Perkins IV-mandated POS—offer a strategy for improving instruction and signaling that students have acquired a defined set of skills and knowledge.
The benefits of industry-recognized credentials are many: High school and postsecondary CTE programs that lead to associate degrees, certificates, and industry-recognized credentials can help young people find skilled employment and give them the option of later returning to school for a higher degree. CTE programs that earn industry certification receive high-quality curricula and professional development opportunities for their instructors. And employers benefit from a more highly skilled workforce with certifiable skills.
The NRCCTE’s programs of study/career pathways research studies are investigating the role of industry-recognized credentials in improving student engagement in school, academic and technical achievement, and successful transition to further education and careers. Another study, led by NRCCTE partner NOCTI, examined how educators use data from industry-based technical skills assessments to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. This study formed the basis of the NRCCTE’s evidence-based CTEDDI professional development model.
Research Studies Related to Industry-Recognized Credentials:
- A Longitudinal Study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative
- Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study
- Mature Programs of Study: A Postsecondary Perspective
- Programs of Study - A Cross-Study Examination of Programs in Three States
- Six Stories About Six States: Programs of Study
- Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators on the Use of Assessment Data