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Report: Industry credentials earned in high school out of step with employer demand

The report only focuses on 24 states because most don’t have the data to examine the credentials students are earning and whether they match up with the demands of employers. But with state lawmakers striving to close the “skills gap” and many states including these types of credentials as an indicator of career readiness under the Every Student Succeeds Act, having accurate data will become even more important, Quentin Suffren, the managing director of innovation policy for ExcelinEd, said during a press call on Tuesday.

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