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Individualized Learning Plans for College and Career Readiness: State Policies and School-Based Practices

Individualized Learning Plans for College and Career Readiness: State Policies and School-Based PracticesThis report, developed by NACAC & Hobsons, highlights promising state- and school-level practices using individual learning plans (ILPs) to prepare students for success beyond high school. It builds on previous research conducted by Hobsons with a national survey of high school counseling offices to better understand how schools are currently implementing ILPs. The study also explores whether schools, districts, or states have invested in a process of evaluating the effect of ILPs on students’ postsecondary plans and post-high school outcomes.

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Key Findings

  • Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia mandated ILP policies or other college and career readiness initiatives.
  • Almost all survey respondents reported that ILPs were initiated by 9th grade. Nearly 40 perent of schools initiated an ILP by 8th grade.
  • Counselor training related to ILP use was lacking. One-third of survey respondents reported receiving training on ILP implementation and 24 percent for ILP design/development.
  • Feedback from survey participants pointed to the need for more one-on-one time between counselors, students, and their families.

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