Credential Transparency & P-20W Data Systems

By Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, , January 19, 2021

The pandemic and emerging recession have made policymakers realize the importance of aligning credential attainment with the real-world demands of the marketplace. That’s why a growing number of states are linking education and workforce efforts by leveraging data systems that span early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education and the workforce. Leaders believe these comprehensive data systems will improve how education and training programs prepare residents for the jobs of the future.

Yet, these systems cannot realize their promise without Credential Transparency. Understanding credentials and all they entail helps states make inefficient labor markets more efficient. A new Policy Brief from Credential Engine co-signed by NSC and 9 other partnering organizations explores how we can align education and employment information to meet state talent goals.

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