Hofmeister praises lawmakers for vote that shifts education focus to individualized student academic plans

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 3, 2017) – Oklahoma students are a step closer to having a statewide plan to personalize their academic and career goals. 
The Senate Education Committee on Monday approved HB 2155 to better engage and prepare students for the challenges of college and high-skill industry certification through the use of Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs). 
Currently, Oklahoma is one of only seven states without a statewide initiative focused on personalized student academic planning. The implementation of ICAPs will ensure all students are given opportunities to explore and plan for postsecondary career pathways that reflect their emerging strengths, passions, and college and life goals. 
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised Senate committee members for their vote. 
“Life beyond high school requires different skills than in the past,” said Hofmeister. “An ICAP will ensure every student has a personalized plan to build the necessary academic, technical and employability skills to meet their career and academic aspirations. 
“Often students learn too late that they do not have the needed coursework or skills to succeed without remediation in college. ICAPs will help ensure they are ready for the next steps for success after graduation. I applaud lawmakers for guaranteeing Oklahoma students are ready for postsecondary academic success and a competitive workplace that demands an ever-changing skill set.” 
HB 2155 would phase in ICAPs over a three-year period and become a graduation requirement beginning for 9th-graders in the 2019-2020 school year. Schoolwide implementation would be coordinated among a team of educators, including counselors and teachers. The Oklahoma School Counseling Association, Oklahoma Counseling Association, Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators (CCOSA) have expressed support for the ICAP. 
The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.
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Last updated on April 3, 2017