Educational Results Partnership Proposes New Architecture to Improve Post-pandemic Educational and Economic Productivity

  • Similar to how the nation’s Social Security system was created to address income security after the Great Depression, educators, employers, workforce boards and economists have an opportunity to design a similar system for students in need of a long-term solution.

Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a non-profit leader in intersegmental collaboration and data science, has convened a diverse group of national thought leaders to begin developing a new architecture for educational and economic productivity in the United States. The group convened over two and a half days to begin brainstorming solutions to the amount of learning students have lost during the pandemic and the nation’s growing economic inequality. The recommended solution is summarized in ERP’s new paper—Educational Productivity: A New Architecture Threading the Needle Among Learning, Employment and Economics.

This new paper from @ERP_learn, with contributions from nationally-recognized economists, education and workforce leaders summarizes actionable steps for implementing a long-term solution focused on the concept of Educational Productivity. #ERPInstitute

“The goal of the Institute is providing a forum for bringing together educators, economists and business leaders to talk about how we can strengthen the linkages between educational pathways and careers,” said Marilyn Reznick, Chair of ERP’s Board of Directors. “This is an opportunity to really step back and think hard about how we can make a more productive experience for all students.”

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ERP’s paper, with contributions from nationally-recognized economists, educational, workforce system and early childhood leaders, summarizes actionable next steps for implementing a long-term solution focused on the concept of Educational Productivity. Educational Productivity correlates what an individual has learned, their productive potential in the workforce, and the economic value of what they know and how it can contribute to the economy. The goal of the new architecture is to improve the lives of all Americans by maximizing every person’s productive potential and economic mobility, regardless of educational attainment.

“Educational productivity is focused on how to maximize the potential of every learner regardless of their educational attainment,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP’s President and CEO. “Based on the data ERP has collected and analyzed over the past two decades, we believe the current system is sorting learners out from opportunities to compete for high wage jobs in the labor market based on arbitrary criteria that does not adequately signal to employers a learner’s actual capabilities and potential. A new architecture is needed to connect more learners to jobs they do not know about or are eliminated from competing for.”

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A new system designed to measure educational productivity would co-exist, collaborate and support existing educational, workforce and employment systems. In the educational productivity system:

  • Learning will be translated into economic value terms so that individuals can better understand the relationship between what they have learned and its economic value.
  • Productive potential would be understood, captured, measured and taxonomized to determine the best predictors of downstream economic success and the well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Employers, workforce systems and economists would play a greater role to identify, define and quantify more accurately the relationship between learning, workforce preparation and economics.
  • The desired system outcome is more opportunity, economic mobility and a more productive economy for all.

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