In this article, Education Commission of the States asks: if your work-based learning definition and conceptualization is consistent with other policymakers in your state who may have varying views and interests?

Currently, 28 state education agencies have a formal definition of work-based learning, and the components they use in their definitions vary widely. Having a single definition helps to inform a common understanding among all stakeholders across a state, which can create more consistent experiences for students.

A 2018 analysis conducted by American Institutes for Research (AIR) looked at the components state agencies and national organizations used in their definitions of work-based learning.

To learn more, join ECS on their examination of current research and state examples of work-based learning in practice.