Why this framework
Equitably improving students’ education and economic outcomes requires that leaders and educators have access to data that is secure and that they need to answer fundamental questions about what’s working, what’s not, and how we can improve student success.
The Education-to-Workforce Indicator Framework (E-W Framework), developed in partnership with leading experts representing more than 15 national and community organizations, is designed to lay the foundation for this vital cross-sector work by promoting the use of a common set of metrics and principles to assess and address disparities along the pre-K-to-workforce continuum.
Based on a review of existing leading frameworks and research, together with significant input from experts and leaders in the field, the E-W Framework offers holistic guidance for translating data into action by encouraging greater cross-sector collaboration and alignment of education-to-workforce data systems, which is critical to achieving systems change that promotes equitable education and workforce outcomes for students.
Through improved data systems and practices, organizations will be better poised to support students and families who are not served well by current education and workforce systems in achieving economic mobility and security.
E-W Indicator Framework at a glance
A framework to identify and address inequities
The E-W Framework is comprised of five components that offer holistic guidance for translating data into action: essential questions, indicators, disaggregates, evidence-based practices, and data equity principles. Explore each one in detail to better understand how it fits into the framework.
Explore the E-W Framework
Guidance for ensuring equity across the data lifecycle, including fair and open data access for a diverse set of stakeholders who can help improve student outcomes.
Guidance for ensuring equity across the data lifecycle, including fair and open data access for a diverse set of stakeholders who can help improve student outcomes
To drive change, E-W data systems must measure how students are performing and progressing toward key outcomes, as well as how underlying system conditions are supporting or impeding students’ chances for success. To develop this holistic understanding the E-W Framework includes three types of indicators:
Outcomes and milestones: Key outcomes and milestones along the E-W continuum that are strongly associated with individuals achieving economic mobility and security.
E-W system conditions: Key institutional or systemic environments, policies, and practices within E-W systems that support positive E-W outcomes.
Adjacent system conditions: Key experiences, situations, and circumstances outside of E-W systems that support positive E-W outcomes.
Key student characteristics that E-W systems should use to disaggregate outcomes and conditions to assess and address inequities and better serve all students.
Programs, practices, or policies that have been shown to address disparities affecting underserved groups on key education-to-workforce outcomes and milestones.
Translating Data into Action
- Employ the data equity principles to support ethical data use across the life cycle
- Determine the essential questions that matter most in your context
- Map the indicators that are most relevant to answering your questions
- Ensure data has been sufficiently disaggregated to understand disparities in experiences and outcomes
- Identify potential interventions to equitably improve student outcomes