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E10. State Requirements and Counseling
Practices Related to ILPs for Middle- and
High-School Students
Melissa Clinedinst, ...
Background
Study Questions
• What are state-level policies related to ILPs?
• How are ILPs operationalized and implemented in high sc...
Methodology: State ILP Policy Scan
• Update and extension of information published by
Hobsons in 2009 and 2011
• Procedure...
Alaska Iowa Oregon
Arizona Kentucky Rhode Island
Colorado Louisiana South Carolina
Connecticut Maryland South Dakota
Delaw...
49
45
45
41
21
18
17
16
15
10
10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Academic Plan
Academic, career, and personal goals identified
Career ...
Methodology: High School Survey
• Survey of high school counseling offices administered in
February/March 2015
• Stratifie...
Characteristics of Schools that Use ILPs
Distribution of Counselor Caseloads for Survey
Respondent Schools Using an ILP
41.3%
50.9%
7.7%
250 students
251 - 500 stu...
Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by
School Enrollment Size
62%
59%
54% 52%
55%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
50-249 25...
Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by
School Type
Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of
Education’s Common ...
Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by Student
Eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Lunch
Sources: High School ILP Survey...
Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by
School Funding Level
Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of
Education’...
ILP State Mandate Status Compared to ILP Use
ILP Use Based on Survey Response
Use ILPs Do Not Use ILPs
State-Mandated ILP ...
ILP Features
Timespan for School Use of ILPs
Source: High School ILP Survey.
Note: N = 905
14%
19%
23%
31%
13%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30...
Grade Level When ILPs Are Initiated
Source: High School ILP Survey.
Note: N = 904
5%
13% 12%
38%
27%
2%
4%
0%
5%
10%
15%
2...
Most Common ILP Elements
Percentage of Schools
Progress towards high school graduation (e.g., high school courses taken) 8...
ILP Implementation
Types of ILP Training Provided for Survey
Respondents Using ILPs
44%
33%
28%
24%
22%
19%
13%
7%
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% ...
Stakeholders Involved in Design,
Implementation, and Evaluation of ILPs
62%
79%
50%
32%
39%
21%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%...
Level of ILP Involvement of School-Based Personnel
Percentage of Survey
Respondents
ILP design/development
Highly involved...
Frequency of Meetings between School
Personnel and Students, by Grade Level
17%
38%
38%
43%
46%
39%
49%
48%
43%
36%
0 0.1 ...
ILP Tracking and Evaluation
Percentage of Survey Respondents Reporting
State-Mandated ILP Tracking
36%
32%
31%
10%
Yes
No
Not Sure
Missing
Source: Hig...
37%
30%
24%
8%
1%
Paper & Computer/Online
Computer/Online
Paper
Not tracked
Missing
Tools Used by Survey Respondents
for I...
Survey Respondents’ Experience-Based Views
of ILPs’ Contribution to Student Outcomes
15%
46%
12%
24%
3%
Greatly improves
S...
Effective ILP Practices Reported
by Survey Respondents
• Focus on career and college guidance
• Consistent and continual r...
Survey Respondents’ Suggestions for
Improving ILP Effectiveness
• More time with students/smaller student-to-counselor rat...
ILPs in Action:
Wayzata High School, MN
Wayzata High School
• Suburban community located 10 miles west of Minneapolis
• 3,300+ Students (Will be 4,000 by 2020)
• ...
Counseling
• 9 Counselors (Caseload about 400)
– Academic
– Personal/Social
– Post High School Planning
• Individual Appoi...
P20 Education Partnership
• The P-20 Education Partnership, through the MN Department of Education,
is requesting that an ...
Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary
Education and Employment: Personal Learning Plans
Legislation...
Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary
Education and Employment: Personal Learning Plans
Continued
•...
Group Guidance
(www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/whs/groupguidance)
Group guidance is grade-level specific and includes issues such a...
8th Grade
• 8th Grade Parent Nights at High School
• PEACE Day – Tours of the High School
• Registration Sessions at the M...
9th Grade
• 9th Grade Parent Night & 9th Grade Student Orientation—Week before school
• Student Activities Fair (during th...
9th Grade Continued
• Winter Group Guidance—Introduction of Course Planner
• Curriculum Night (February)
• Conferences—Feb...
10th Grade
• Group Guidance – Fall and Winter
• Update Course Planner
• PSAT (optional)
• Do What You Are (Naviance in Fal...
11th Grade
• Group guidance – Fall, Winter, Spring
• 200+ College Rep Visits During Year
• PSAT (optional)
• ACT – Given t...
12th Grade
• Fall Group Guidance – Application Process
• Post High School Planning Night for Parents
• Individual Post Hig...
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E10. State Requirements and Couseling Practices Related to ILPs for Middle- and High-School Students - NACAC 2015 ILP Session

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E10. State Requirements and Couseling Practices Related to ILPs for Middle- and High-School Students - NACAC 2015 ILP Session

  1. 1. E10. State Requirements and Counseling Practices Related to ILPs for Middle- and High-School Students Melissa Clinedinst, National Association for College Admission Counseling, VA Kim Oppelt, Hobsons, VA Jennifer Landy, Wayzata High School, MN
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Study Questions • What are state-level policies related to ILPs? • How are ILPs operationalized and implemented in high schools? • Who is tasked with designing, implementing, and evaluating ILPs, and what is the extent of their involvement in each phase? • To what extent do ILP requirements contribute to high school students’ college/career readiness and successful transitions? • Can any best practices be identified?
  4. 4. Methodology: State ILP Policy Scan • Update and extension of information published by Hobsons in 2009 and 2011 • Procedure – Review of state department of education websites – Follow-up emails to education department representatives – ILP database U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy • Information Collected – State mandate? Delivery mechanism – Type of plan or activity Assessment findings – Agencies involved Frequency of ILP review
  5. 5. Alaska Iowa Oregon Arizona Kentucky Rhode Island Colorado Louisiana South Carolina Connecticut Maryland South Dakota Delaware Michigan Tennessee District of Columbia Minnesota Vermont Georgia Missouri Virginia Hawaii Nevada Washington Idaho New Jersey West Virginia Indiana New Mexico Wisconsin States with Mandated Individual Learning Plans
  6. 6. 49 45 45 41 21 18 17 16 15 10 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Academic Plan Academic, career, and personal goals identified Career explorarion Updated annually Strengths and needs assessments Resume builder Personal reflection Service learning Action plan Personality and learning style assessments Learning support referal Number of States ILPElement Key Elements of State Individual Learning Plans Source: Scan of state policies conducted by 2015 report authors. Note: N=51 (50 states and the District of Columbia)
  7. 7. Methodology: High School Survey • Survey of high school counseling offices administered in February/March 2015 • Stratified random sample of 10,000 U.S. high schools – oversampling of schools in states with ILP mandates • 1,626 responses received; 915 reported using ILPs
  8. 8. Characteristics of Schools that Use ILPs
  9. 9. Distribution of Counselor Caseloads for Survey Respondent Schools Using an ILP 41.3% 50.9% 7.7% 250 students 251 - 500 students More than 500 students Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  10. 10. Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by School Enrollment Size 62% 59% 54% 52% 55% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 50-249 250-499 500-749 750-999 More than 1,000 PercentageofSchoolsUsinganILP School Enrollment Size Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core Data (CCD), 2012-13. Note: N = 1,573
  11. 11. Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by School Type Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core Data (CCD), 2012-13. Note: N = 1,374 54% 73% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Traditional public school Charter school
  12. 12. Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by Student Eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Lunch Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core Data (CCD), 2012-13. Note: N = 1,562 54% 58% 59% 59% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 0-24% 25%-49% 50%-74% 75% or more PercentageofSchoolUsinganILP Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch
  13. 13. Percentage of Schools Using an ILP, by School Funding Level Sources: High School ILP Survey; U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core Data (CCD), 2012-13. Note: N = 1,517 55.8% 69.5% 39.5% 44.7% 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% 80.0% Less than $8,000 $8,000-$11,000 $11,001-$14,000 More than $14,000 SchoolFundingLevelperStudent Percentage of Schools Using an ILP
  14. 14. ILP State Mandate Status Compared to ILP Use ILP Use Based on Survey Response Use ILPs Do Not Use ILPs State-Mandated ILP Policy Yes 67 29 No 44 53 Sources: Scan of state ILP policies; High School ILP Survey, 2015. • 29 percent of survey respondents located in states identified as having ILP mandates during the state policy scan report on the ILP survey that they, in fact, do not use ILPs. • Many survey respondents from states without ILP mandates (44 percent) reported using ILPs in their schools.
  15. 15. ILP Features
  16. 16. Timespan for School Use of ILPs Source: High School ILP Survey. Note: N = 905 14% 19% 23% 31% 13% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 1-2 years 3-5 years 6-10 years More than 10 years Not sure PercentageofSchools Number of Years Using ILP
  17. 17. Grade Level When ILPs Are Initiated Source: High School ILP Survey. Note: N = 904 5% 13% 12% 38% 27% 2% 4% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Before 6th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade 9th grade 10th-12th grade Not sure PercentageofSchools Grade When ILP is Initiated
  18. 18. Most Common ILP Elements Percentage of Schools Progress towards high school graduation (e.g., high school courses taken) 88 Completion of high school course plan of study 81 Career interest identified 77 Participation in dual enrollment (college) courses 65 Self-assessment of interests, strengths, aptitudes, etc. 48 Completion of pre-college entrance examinations (ACT’s PLAN, EXPLORE, etc.) 44 Student resume completed 43 Completion of college entrance examinations (ACT, SAT) 41 Extracurricular non-athletics 37 Volunteerism 34 Extracurricular athletics 30 Awards 29 Work experience (e.g. apprenticeship, internship, job shadowing) 29 FAFSA completion 23 College application submission 20 Postsecondary financial plan 20 Participation in personal financial literacy courses/workshops/activities 18 Other financial aid application completion (e.g., scholarships and grants) 16 Source: High School ILP Survey.
  19. 19. ILP Implementation
  20. 20. Types of ILP Training Provided for Survey Respondents Using ILPs 44% 33% 28% 24% 22% 19% 13% 7% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% No Training Implementing ILPs Communicating with students about their ILPs Designing/developing ILPs Communicating with families about ILPs Best practices in using ILPs Communicating with teachers about ILPs Evaluating ILP implementation Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  21. 21. Stakeholders Involved in Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of ILPs 62% 79% 50% 32% 39% 21% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Design/Development Implementation Evaluation PercentageofSchoolsReporting InvolvementofEachStakeholder Counselor State Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  22. 22. Level of ILP Involvement of School-Based Personnel Percentage of Survey Respondents ILP design/development Highly involved 19 Somewhat involved 37 Not involved 41 ILP implementation Highly involved 35 Somewhat involved 42 Not involved 21 ILP evaluation Highly involved 14 Somewhat involved 31 Not involved 53 Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015. Note: Numbers do not add to 100 due to missing responses.
  23. 23. Frequency of Meetings between School Personnel and Students, by Grade Level 17% 38% 38% 43% 46% 39% 49% 48% 43% 36% 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Before 9th grade 9th grade 10th grade 11th grade 12th grade Once or Several Times Each Term Once Each Academic Year
  24. 24. ILP Tracking and Evaluation
  25. 25. Percentage of Survey Respondents Reporting State-Mandated ILP Tracking 36% 32% 31% 10% Yes No Not Sure Missing Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  26. 26. 37% 30% 24% 8% 1% Paper & Computer/Online Computer/Online Paper Not tracked Missing Tools Used by Survey Respondents for ILP Tracking Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  27. 27. Survey Respondents’ Experience-Based Views of ILPs’ Contribution to Student Outcomes 15% 46% 12% 24% 3% Greatly improves Somewhat improves Does not improve Not sure No response Source: High School ILP Survey, 2015.
  28. 28. Effective ILP Practices Reported by Survey Respondents • Focus on career and college guidance • Consistent and continual review of ILP by students, staff, and parents • Individual student meetings, oftentimes with parents • Graduation course plan and requirements • Develop ILPs early
  29. 29. Survey Respondents’ Suggestions for Improving ILP Effectiveness • More time with students/smaller student-to-counselor ratio • More access to technology • More student, parents, and/or staff buy-in • More staff, resources, training, and funding • More use in the classroom and by teachers • Broader range of ILP elements/more student-driven ILP • Better guidance from school, state, and/or district • More data, tracking and evaluation
  30. 30. ILPs in Action: Wayzata High School, MN
  31. 31. Wayzata High School • Suburban community located 10 miles west of Minneapolis • 3,300+ Students (Will be 4,000 by 2020) • 9-12 Comprehensive High School • Block Scheduling • Class of 2014 – 76% Four-Year College – 9% Two Year College – Average ACT 26
  32. 32. Counseling • 9 Counselors (Caseload about 400) – Academic – Personal/Social – Post High School Planning • Individual Appointments • Group Guidance: Counselors meet with their students in groups of 25-30.
  33. 33. P20 Education Partnership • The P-20 Education Partnership, through the MN Department of Education, is requesting that an Ed Mn designee and a licensed staff member participate on a work group for developing recommendations for the Partnership to forward to the legislature in 2015. • The criteria for workgroup members are: – Are involved in college and career readiness programs and planning – Experiences with goal setting for students in middle level and high schools – Interested in developing career pathway options for students • Workgroup 2: Identify changes to revise a P-20 education system premised on students’ individual career and college readiness plans and goals. • The link for the P-20 Education Partnership: http://www.mnp20.org/
  34. 34. Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment: Personal Learning Plans Legislation requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan around 8 key elements. This plan includes academic scheduling, career exploration, career and employment related skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. • Element 1: Provide a comprehensive plan to prepare for and complete a career and college-ready curriculum by meeting state and local academic standards and developing career and employment-related skills such as team work, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking and good work habits • Element 2: Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations • Element 3: Help students identify interests, aptitudes, aspirations, and personal learning styles that may affect their career and college ready goals and postsecondary education and employment choices
  35. 35. Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment: Personal Learning Plans Continued • Element 4: Set appropriate career and college-ready goals with timelines that identify effective means for achieving those goals • Element 5: Help students access postsecondary education and career options • Element 7: Help identify and access appropriate counseling and other supports and assistance that enable students to complete required coursework, prepare for postsecondary education and careers, and obtain information about postsecondary education costs and eligibility for financial aid and scholarships
  36. 36. Group Guidance (www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/whs/groupguidance) Group guidance is grade-level specific and includes issues such as an introduction to counseling/guidance services at Wayzata High School, understanding transcripts, grading and credits, testing, academic planning, post-high school planning, and the college application process. – 9th Graders: September and February – 10th Graders: October and February – 11th Graders: September, January and April – 12th Graders: September and May
  37. 37. 8th Grade • 8th Grade Parent Nights at High School • PEACE Day – Tours of the High School • Registration Sessions at the Middle Schools • Curriculum Night with Info Sessions on Various Classes
  38. 38. 9th Grade • 9th Grade Parent Night & 9th Grade Student Orientation—Week before school • Student Activities Fair (during the school day) • Fall Group Guidance –Log into Naviance and complete the 9th grade survey. – What have you enjoyed so far at Wayzata HS? – What has been difficult in your transition to Wayzata HS? – What do you feel is important for your counselor to know about you? • Freshman Interview—During first semester – Tell me a little bit about yourself (interests, hobbies, future plans, middle school experience, etc) – Tell me a little about your family- who do you live with? How is life at home? – Looking at 8th to 9th grade, in what ways did you grow or change? – What do you feel are your academic strengths? (a subject in school, time management, organization, study habits, homework completion, test taking) – What areas do you struggle with the most in school? – Do you plan on/ have you already joined any extracurricular clubs, sports, activities? If so, which ones? – What do you plan to do after high school? (2 year college, 4 year college, tech/vocational school, military, work, don’t know). What have you done or what are you planning to do in order to prepare for your selected college/career path? – What are some potential careers/majors that you are interested in?
  39. 39. 9th Grade Continued • Winter Group Guidance—Introduction of Course Planner • Curriculum Night (February) • Conferences—February/March – Use open computer lab to work with 9th grade students and parents on how to use Course Planner. • Aspire by ACT (March) • 9th Grade Respect Retreat (March) • 9th Grade English?
  40. 40. 10th Grade • Group Guidance – Fall and Winter • Update Course Planner • PSAT (optional) • Do What You Are (Naviance in Fall) • Pathways Tour (HTC) • College Planning Night • Curriculum Night • Practice ACT for All Students (March) • Individual Meetings
  41. 41. 11th Grade • Group guidance – Fall, Winter, Spring • 200+ College Rep Visits During Year • PSAT (optional) • ACT – Given to all Juniors in March (Practice test/classes) • Post High School Planning/Parent Night & Selective College Night • Pathways Tour (Hennepin Technical College) • Individual Post High School Planning • College fair (March)
  42. 42. 12th Grade • Fall Group Guidance – Application Process • Post High School Planning Night for Parents • Individual Post High School Planning • 200+ College Rep Visits During Year • Financial Aid Night (January) • Cake day (May 1) • Spring Group Guidance—Tips for Success After High School
  43. 43. Naviance

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