In February 2018, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed B22-0401, the Workforce Development System Transparency Act, and the bill was enacted in March 2018. This bill requires the District’s Workforce Investment Council (WIC) to create a guide detailing the District’s spending on workforce development and adult education programs, as well as the performance outcomes of those programs.
The Trump Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 on February 12. The budget eliminates two state grant programs that WDQC has supported for connecting education and workforce data. In one bright spot, however, the budget proposes expanding access to wage data for performance measurement and evidence-based policymaking.
Funding proposals related to workforce data include:
On Tuesday, WDQC Policy Analyst Jenna Leventoff testified at the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development hearing about B22-0401, the Workforce Development System Transparency Act of 2017.
Last week, Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry (MTDLI) and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) released a new report entitled "Meeting State Worker Demand: A report on the Labor Market Outcomes for Montana Colleges." The report answers two particularly important questions:
(1) Are Montana’s colleges producing enough graduates to meet employer demand? and
New legislation, UT SB 194, replaces Utah’s longitudinal data system, the Utah Data Alliance (UDA) with the Utah Data Research Center (UDRC). In doing so, this bill changes the system’s governance model, builds the state’s research capacity, institutionalizes inter-agency data sharing, and promotes data use.
Data can help students succeed. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) show this in 14 recently released case studies, describing how higher education institutions are using student-level data to produce actionable information that improves student decision making and outcomes.
A Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) research report reviews challenges and offers concrete recommendations in "Improved State Administrative Data Sharing: A Strategy to Promote Evidence-Based Policymaking for Economic and Workforce Development."
In December 2016, Rhode Island’s Governor’s Workforce Board passed a new policy clarifying the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)’s definition of “dislocated worker.” Under this new definition, the state estimates that more than twice as many dislocated workers will be eligible to receive services paid for by federal grant funds already awarded to the state.
A December 2016 report from the Urban Institute, Choice Deserts: How Geography Limits the Potential Impact of Earnings Data on Higher Education analyzed data from students who graduated from Virginia high schools in 2011 and 2012.