Expanding Industry-Recognized Credentials in Massachusetts
March 8, 2019

More than 40 legislators in Massachusetts have signed on to a bill that would expand opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials in high school. The bill (H.567) would make it easier for employers to recognize qualified applicants. In a post on their website, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) breaks down key components of the legislation:

  • Requires that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development provide the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education an annual list of high need occupations that require an industry-recognized credential
  • Creates a financial incentive to be awarded to schools for every student that earns an industry-recognized credential
  • Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to prepare an annual report detailing things like number of students seeking and earning credentials, broken down by demographics

MBAE also references several other states that are using similar strategies, including Florida, where their twelve-year old program has helped 70,000 plus students earn industry credentials. Interested in learning more about MBAE’s ongoing work? Let us know.

The Data Quality Campaign also recently highlighted several states that are working to provide information to students and families on the outcomes of CTE programs. In a recent blog post, they cited annual report cards in Ohio for career-technical planning districts and an interactive report by the Kentucky Center for Statistics. If you’re interested in learning more about how data could strengthen your state’s CTE program, reach out for an introduction to the DQC team.

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    Ashley Schmidt

    Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications

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