The two axes of success that serve as the vision for this tool are quality and equity. A high-quality career readiness data ecosystem enables learners to access high-quality career pathways that allow for successful and equitable transition into high-skill, high-wage and in-demand careers. This is illustrated by the theory of action outlined below.

If state leaders strengthen policy, technology, people and processes such that:
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1. Data is collected consistently and accurately

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2. Processes and protocols are in place to ensure effective data governance

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3. Data systems, policies and practices are fully aligned across agencies and learner levels

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4. Information is relevant, timely and disaggregated

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5. Practitioners and the public are equipped to understand and leverage data

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6. Information is used effectively to promote quality and equity in career pathways


Learners and families

  • will be equipped to make informed decisions to achieve their academic and career goals
  • will have access to more coordinated programs and support services
  • will understand the value and impact of career pathways

Resulting In:

  • Increased and equitable participation in high-skill, high-wage and in-demand career pathways
  • Clearer transitions from K-12 to postsecondary education and the workforce
  • More support for investing in career pathways


  • will be able to more effectively understand the talent pipeline in their given industry and community
  • will be able to connect and partner with schools and institutions to offer programs leading to employment in their industry   

Resulting In: 

  • A stronger and more diverse talent pool across all priority industries
  • A higher workforce participation rate and reduced skills gap

Local leaders and practitioners

  • will be able to identify and prioritize opportunity gaps
  • will be equipped to enact targeted interventions to support each learner

Resulting In:

  • Increased and equitable enrollment and persistence in and completion of high-quality, industry-aligned career pathways
  • Increased and equitable attainment of credentials of value and completion of high-quality work-based learning experiences

Policymakers and state leaders

  • will be able to enact and implement data-informed policies
  • will be able to confidently make high-stakes decisions related to program approval, funding and accountability

Resulting In:

  • More impactful policymaking and improved quality of service for constituents
  • Increased return on investment for taxpayers


  • will be able to access accurate, learner-level data that is comparable across education levels and conduct meaningful evaluations

Resulting In:

  • A richer body of research from which to inform policy and practice