Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014

All States gather high-level, state-wide data on a variety of measures such as education, productivity, salaries, wages, and employment. These measures allow a comparison at a national level of the general health of a State. Virginia tracks progress on these indicators through Virginia Performs – the Commonwealth’s performance leadership and accountability system.

Workforce PIpelineThe Council on Virginia’s Future along with its key partners has started to develop a series of high-priority report cards to capture progress on high-priority issues for the Commonwealth and to complement the information available on the Virginia Performs Scorecard at a Glance.  Virginia’s Workforce System Report Card tracks progress on Virginia-specific efforts to educate and train its workforce. Measuring the performance of such a complex system presents a significant challenge. This report card is a new tool for assessing that performance — and represents one step in a long-term process of research, dialogue, and ongoing refinement.

Speaking about the report card, Jane Kusiak, Executive Director of the Council on Virginia’s Future said “Virginia’s Workforce System Report Card brought together multiple state agencies for the first time to develop common measures for Virginia’s workforce system that transcend specific programs, agencies, and stakeholders. Through the development of high-priority report cards in Virginia Performs, we can capture progress on the Commonwealth’s highest priorities.” 

As anyone who has been engaged with Workforce knows, the workforce development system involves many partners at many points in the life of an individual: from K-12 education, through secondary and postsecondary institutions. Development continues outside the school system, with efforts in private and public sectors, community organizations as well as the large investments made by businesses in internal worker training.

The Report Card debuted in late 2012, and has been updated annually since then. It has also evolved to become a more meaningful and responsive tool. In 2014 STEM-H Dual Enrollment credits and AP Exams (STEM-H Pipeline), High School Graduation (Secondary Educational Attainment), and Algebra II (Career and College Readiness) were introduced.

For more information on the Report Card please visit: http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before trading in the city lifestyle to raise her family in Hanover, Virginia. She has worked at Virginia’s Community Colleges for over 2 years promoting Workforce Development.

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