Creating Equitable Futures for All Learners Through Credential Transparency

By , Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, March 30, 2021

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States was amid a major equity crisis. For decades there have been barriers that continue to create disproportionate access and wide gaps in educational attainment for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

A new Policy Brief from Credential Engine explores how access to better credential information can be a useful tool for equity. States, policymakers, and leaders should actively work to eliminate barriers that hinder the ability for BIPOC to take advantage of their options, and this brief offers various tips and state examples to inform policy and practice.

Five state leadership organizations and five workforce, education and data advocacy/technical assistance experts have come together to build awareness, understanding, and demand for how policy can integrate credential transparency into education and workforce development state strategies. This brief is one amongst a series of policy briefs that explore the ways that credential transparency can be supported, integrated, and leveraged within states.

Members of the State Policy Partnership include:

  • Data Quality Campaign
  • Education Commission of the States
  • National Skills Coalition
  • Credential Engine
  • National Governors Association
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Education Strategy Group
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
  • Education Quality Outcomes Standards Board

For more information on the State Policy Partnership or Credential Transparency, please contact Scott Cheney, CEO of Credential Engine, at 202.257.0279 or For general inquiries please contact