Publication | September 14, 2022

Highlighting Effective Practices in Using State Data Systems to Reach Postsecondary Attainment Goals

What do Texas, Massachusetts, and California have in common? Across the country, 46 states have set statewide attainment goals for the share of their population that has a college education. As one of the last states, and certainly the largest state without an attainment goal, California’s Governor Gavin
Newsom recently announced an effort for the state to reach the goal of 70 percent of working-aged Californians holding a postsecondary credential by 2030.

TICAS brief provides key takeaways from Texas and Massachusetts’ experience with implementing state-wide longitudinal data systems.