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Background

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Mission 

Empowering all students to travel the road to adulthood through education and training to careers.

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Vision 

Re-imagining K12 education to equip students:
  • with meaningful and supportive adult relationships
  • and the ability to adapt to opportunities and challenges
  • on their personalized journeys to successful lives 

ACP Statute 

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On June 30, 2013, through Act 20, Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) was allocated $1.1 million dollars of General Purpose Revenue (GPR) for 2014-15 in a new continuing appropriation by the legislature for implementing academic and career planning statewide.
  • Require DPI to ensure that, beginning in 2017-18, every school board is providing academic and career planning services to pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in the school district.
  • Require DPI to procure, install, and maintain information technology, including computer software, to be used statewide by school districts to provide academic and career planning services to pupils in grades 6 to 12.
  • Require DPI to provide guidance, training, and technical assistance to school districts and school district staff, including teachers and counselors, on how to implement model academic and career plans, including training and technical assistance that is necessary to implement the information technology provided for this purpose.
  • Require DPI promulgate rules to implement these provisions. [Act 20 Sections: 230 and 1737]”
 

ACP Administrative Rule 

Education for Employment was established in 1985 in response to the growing concern over the number of youth who failed to make a successful transition from school to postsecondary endeavors. s. 121.02 (1)(m), Wis. Stats., states that every school board shall provide access to an Education for Employment program. Chapter PI 26, the administrative rule for this program, was revised and became effective on July 1, 2004. On June 30, 2013, Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) was signed to require implementation of academic and career planning (ACP) statewide beginning in 2017-18 for pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in a school district.  It was determined that rather than creating a new rule addressing ACP, the current PI26 would be updated and revised to include the required ACP components.

The ACP administrative rule was published on November 30, 2015. See Legislative Council link for history on this rule.

Primary changes to PI 26 included the following:
  • Added ACP services to students in grades 6-12 beginning in Fall 2017
  • Development of a long-range plan with school district staff and community stakeholders
  • Publishing the plan on the school district’s website
  • Reviewing the plan yearly

ACP History

Following is a brief outline of several of the key events in the history of ACP implementation in Wisconsin.  In many ways, it reflects the dynamic nature of the implementation development process as many aspects have evolved and been improved through the contributions and collaboration of numerous stakeholders.

  • 1985- Education for Employment (Administrative Rule PI 26) was established in response to the growing concern over the number of youth who failed to make a successful transition from school to postsecondary endeavors. s. 121.02 (1)(m), Wis. Stats., states that every school board shall provide access to an Education for Employment program.
  • 2004- PI 26 was revised and became effective on July 1.
  • 2012- Wisconsin interim special legislative committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School recommended an act be created to support Academic and Career Planning (ACP).
  • 2012- The Governor’s Council on College and Workforce Readiness expressed interest in advancing Academic and Career Planning (ACP) for all Wisconsin students and convened a subgroup of interested committee members to develop specific recommendations for the full Council’s consideration.
  • 2013- On June 30, 2013, through Act 20, Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) was allocated $1.1 million dollars of General Purpose Revenue (GPR) for 2014-15 in a new continuing appropriation by the legislature for implementing academic and career planning statewide.
  • 2013- DPI identified and convened a Task Force consisting of sample representation from state agencies and schools to provide direction and input on state priorities for development and implementation of an ACP process. The work of the task force resulted in the following.

A seven point state plan to support statewide ACP implementation:

  • Integrate ACP with other education and workforce initiatives
  • Develop and implement a communications plan
  • Write Administrative Rule to identify quality components
  • Procure the use of a web-based career information system
  • Develop and implement professional development systems and training modules
  • Develop and launch implementation guidance
  • Establish an ACP evaluation system (Outcome Metrics)
  • Outline of a dynamic guidance document to be used by DPI to support schools and districts in implementing ACPs for all students in grades 6 – 12.
  • Ranking of desired software features for a statewide web-based career information system.
For questions about this information, contact Tahira Chaudary (608) 267-3161