With the recent lapse in appropriations partially shutting down the federal government and another Continuing Resolution until February 8, here is a brief update on funding for workforce data in the FY2018 budget process. The biggest question mark for workforce data remains funding for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI).
Data across reauthorizations
Earlier today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on behalf of herself and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), introduced H.R. 4508 to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).
Federal legislative activity picked up with the introduction of bipartisan bills on transparency in postsecondary education and reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This newsletter also includes updates on other federal developments and conference activities, including Apprenticeship Forward.
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released new recommendations for federal policymakers on how to create strong education data policies. DQC argues that federal policymakers play a critical role in creating a culture empowering state and local education leaders to use data effectively. This two-page resource provides framing and an overview of DQC's recommendations.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy analyzed measures of equity, performance, and efficiency to inform the research report: "Toward Convergence: A Technical Guide for the Postsecondary Metrics Framework," and proposes 31 definitions for key measures that can be used to drive student success.
The Connecting Credentials partnership released a report focused on the credentials challenge and the next steps the partnership will take in reimagining the system. The report highlighted the five top focus areas identified by the 170 organizations represented durning the National Summit on Credentialing for the creation of a coherent, connected and clear system that works for all students.
WDQC and the National Skills Coalition developed this fact sheet to explain what data is currently reported about immigrants in federally-funded workforce programs, and identify additional data that could help assess how programs are serving this important population.
This infographic provides an overview of how data are collected and flow for each of the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Illustrations with brief summaries also show how policymakers, educators, job counselors, program managers, employers, students, and workers use the data.
The House and Senate are considering the renewal of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. WDQC has responded to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's request for comments on reauthorization with a letter of recommendations.