Market Value Assets (MVA)

  • Market Value Assets are defined as industry valued and recognized skills acquired in high school that create a more seamless transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the workplace. By 2030, 100 percent of Kansas City area students will graduate with one of the four MVAs below.

    College Credit

    Nine or more hours of college-level credit, progressing toward an industry-recognized degree or credential.

    Entrepreneurial Experiences

    Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it. Leveraging input and support from multiple stakeholders, students iteratively analyze, prototype, implement, reflect and adapt potential solutions. Outputs of MVA-level entrepreneurial experiences include a market and stakeholder research summary, a "business plan" that includes an assessment of costs and benefits associated with development or operation of their solution, and feedback from relevant external stakeholders obtained through exhibition or "shark-tank' type pitch opportunities.

    Industry-Recognized Credentials (Regionally Vetted IRCs)

    Current lists published by state education departments will be reviewed with employers and validated for applicability and relevance — we anticipate a small subset will be included. There may be a small number of regional "custom" credentials identified that also become part of this category.

    (e.g. MOS, OSHA, CAN, AWS, ASE, i-CAR, etc.)

    Work Experience


    Learners perform meaningful job tasks at a worksite or approved location, under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

    1. Should qualify for high school and/or college credit and/or be paid.
    2. Minimum 120 hours within a calendar year, at least 60 onsite.
    3. Performance is evaluated by the work manager in addition to the educator.
    4. Internship completion substantive enough to be included on students’ LinkedIn and/or resume.

    Client Projects

    Learners analyze and solve authentic problems, working in collaboration with other learners and professionals from industry, not-for-profit, civic or community-based organizations.

    1. Work involves authentic methods and tools used by professionals in the work environment.
    2. Experience includes mentoring and evaluation by working professionals.
    3. Output is viewed as value-add by external stakeholders and resume-worthy