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This post originally appeared on the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) website.
WDQC released a report today, Mastering the Blueprint: State Progress on Workforce Data, which highlights state efforts to connect and use workforce data. The inaugural report is based on a nationwide survey conducted by WDQC in which states rated their progress on a 13-point Blueprint for strong data systems.
The report finds that of the 40 states plus the District of Columbia who participated in the survey, 37 are moving toward tracking whether education and workforce program participants move on to get employment with good earnings.
The report shows that states are making progress toward creating more effective state data systems—data that will help ensure that education and training programs are preparing people for in-demand jobs with good earnings, that students know which degrees and certificates will lead to high-paying professions, and that states can attract businesses that align with the talents of their workforce.
Several states are standouts for their achievements using data to support education and workforce development. Best practices include:
While many states have come a long way on their workforce data systems, some still cannot answer important questions about whether students and workforce program participants are earning valuable credentials and advancing in careers.
This report will serve as a baseline so that future WDQC surveys can measure how states are improving on different dimensions of the Blueprint, and continue to develop where there are areas for improvement.