Why Linked Learning Certification?

  • A seven-year evaluation of the Linked Learning District Initiative conducted by SRI International provided evidence that quality implementation of Linked Learning matters. Linked Learning students in certified pathways are earning more credits and are more likely to complete high school than similar peers in traditional programs. The skills Linked Learning students gain translate into better jobs than those of their peers, as indicated by benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.
  • The Linked Learning Alliance Board of Directors adopted an action plan to ensure that more students, particularly underrepresented students, complete high school, earn a college degree and/or professional credential, and enter financially sustaining and personally relevant careers.
  • Linked Learning Certification is a resource to drive education equity and close achievement and skills gaps within a district and a greater region. They will support identifying areas of success, as well as identifying ongoing challenges that should be addressed strategically.
  • Once a pathway is registered on the Linked Learning Certification portal, it will be eligible for recognition based on graduated levels of quality indicators as certification standards are achieved. While not an end goal, certification is an indicator of progress at specific points along the journey of a pathway.
  • Linked Learning students in registered pathways will be eligible to access benefits associated with each level of certification. In the future, qualified students in pathways that have achieved higher levels of certification will be eligible to benefit from preferences offered by employers and accelerated opportunities at postsecondary institutions.
  • Future features include integrating Certification and Analytics to provide more informative and thorough dashboards and reports. These dashboards and reports are designed to align with local and state indicators for LCAP, as well as support local grant reporting requirements. Some of the key indicators will include college and career readiness, work-based learning participation statistics, and postsecondary enrollment.