Mastering the Blueprint 2015: State Progress on Workforce Data

Jan 22, 2016

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Better data helps ensure that our nation’s education and workforce policies collectively prepare all workers to participate in the skilled workforce. Workforce Data Quality Campaign’s

(WDQC) thirteen-point State Blueprint identifies key features of an aligned, inclusive, and market-relevant state data system. Such a data system can provide useful information to policymakers, students, workers, business leaders, and educators, ultimately aligning education with employer needs and enabling U.S. industries to compete in a changing economy. The Blueprint was developed by a broad coalition of national organizations, state leaders, and technical experts across the education and workforce spectrum.


For the second year in a row, WDQC has surveyed all fifty states and the District of Columbia in order to gauge state progress against the Blueprint. This report contains details about each state’s level of progress, comparisons to last year’s results, and examples of how states are implementing Blueprint elements. It is intended to promote multi-state cooperation, whereby states share promising practices, challenges, and lessons learned while building, expanding, and utilizing their data systems.


This survey adds to a growing body of knowledge about the advancement of state data systems.

The Data Quality Campaign annually released a survey analyzing achievement of its

10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use. The State Higher Education Executive Officers

Association periodically conducts a national survey of state postsecondary student unit record systems. The Early Childhood Data Collaborative surveys states about their early childhood data systems. Together, these surveys illustrate the full scope of state progress toward comprehensive data systems that link early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce data and allow for effective assessment of education and workforce policies.