Report

Connecting Education, Workforce Data Key to Strong State Labor Markets
National Governors Association

As the individual with the platform and budget authority to guide public education and economic development at the state level, the governor plays a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career. The systemic use of data from education and labor markets informs governors and other policymakers of the effectiveness and efficiency of their existing postsecondary systems and students and employers of labor market conditions. States also can use such data systems to hold educators and trainers accountable for meeting the goals for degrees and certificates granted and to provide state residents with a clearer understanding of how they are progressing through postsecondary programs and how best to enhance their career opportunities.