This Education Trends report  from Education Commission of the States draws on interviews in four states and identifies the trending components seen in 2018 workforce development legislation. The five common components noted in workforce development legislation are: data utilization, coordination and collaboration, leadership, outcomes alignment and funding.
This year, about two-thirds of states considered legislation pertaining to the alignment of postsecondary education and workforce needs. To learn more about this growing focus on workforce development, we visited four states that shared their approaches and policies. Through interviews and qualitative analyses, we identified five common themes in workforce development systems to date, and we detail them — with state examples.