The Role of States in Credential Transparency

There’s tremendous demand today for actionable information around educational pathways of promise. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis are putting a premium on upskilling — giving workers new skills to meet new workforce demands — and on greater transparency around the skills and knowledge required for in-demand jobs.

Credential Engine, in partnership with NSC and 9 other influential organizations, have released this Policy Brief, The Role of States in Credential Transparency, exploring why and how governors, legislators, and agency leaders can work to advance Credential Transparency and help meet their state completion and workforce 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