Since 2008, the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) has published the Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI), a quarterly assessment of learning executives’ short-term expectations for learning in organizations. Learning executives have a more positive outlook for the importance of and investment in learning compared to three months ago. The Q3 2014 LXCI score is 66.9, slightly more than a point higher than last quarter’s score of 65.7. The current LXCI score indicates a relatively optimistic outlook, and mirrors trends in the economy.The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale, in which a higher index score reflects a more optimistic outlook for the learning function in organizations and a lower index score reflects greater negativity. The LXCI score is based on learning executives' six-month forecasts for four key indicators: the ability of learning executives to meet organizations’ learning needs the impact of learning on corporate performance the perception of the value of learning within organizations the availability of resources needed to meet learning needs.