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In 2008, Iowa Code section 279.61, passed requiring students to complete a career and educational planning process called the 8th Grade Plan. Each Iowa school will cooperate with the student to create an electronic portfolio and add state components to the portfolio using the state designated career information system. These state components include assessments and surveys, career research, course plan building, education linkages, and financial aid and career development activities that assist them in their future. The state components are developmentally appropriate for the grade level of the students, and the assessments and activities in each successive Guideway build on the established portfolio. Students can revise their career and educational plans as they mature and learn more about themselves and their interests and abilities.

The state designated career/educational information system in Iowa is I Have A Plan Iowa™. The website is www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov.

For assistance with the Iowa is I Have A Plan Iowa™ website contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456 or info@iowacollegeaid.gov.

 

Required State Components

8th Grade

  • Create an electronic student portfolio
  • Complete a career interest assessment
  • Complete a Career Cluster Assessment and identify a Career Cluster of interest
  • Build a course plan for high school/ postsecondary
  • A Parent approval and signature form (electronic or printed)

9th Grade

  • Complete the Interest Profiler Assessment
  • Complete a career assessment linking interests & school subjects
  • Complete a skills assessment linking skills and careers
  • Revise and rebuild course plan in portfolio
  • Complete a student reflection paragraph

10th Grade

  • Complete work values/beliefs survey
  • Compare careers options side by side
  • Research careers and programs
  • Compare colleges/programs side by side
  • Review and revise course plan in portfolio
  • Complete a student reflection paragraph

11th Grade

  • Complete a skills inventory, checklist or assessment
  • Create a resume
  • Create a cover letter
  • Compare schools and programs side by side
  • Note any postsecondary visits (virtual or physical)
  • Complete a practice postsecondary application
  • Research financial aid and financial aid information
  • Research scholarships and scholarship information
  • Review and revise course plan in portfolio
  • Complete a student reflection paragraph

12th Grade (To be implemented in the 2012-2013 school year.)

  • Retake Interest Profiler and compare results with 9th grade results
  • Retake career assessment linking school subjects and careers and compare results with 9th grade
  • Review school and colleges and indicate choices
  • Research job interview information and complete job interview practice
  • Review and revise your career plan and your postsecondary opportunities
  • Complete a student reflection paragraph

 

Required State Components Contained Within the Guideways

 

Reporting

Schools Using IHAPI

  1. If the student/school completes the Required State Components within the Iowa Guideways on the I Have A Plan Iowa™ (IHAPI) website, no data or school reports need to be submitted. Required data elements of the Guideways are reported to the Department of Education automatically through I Have A Plan Iowa™.
  2. If individual students in schools using IHAPI complete the Required State Components through altenate methods as established through their IEPs, report their progress using the following forms:
  3. If a student/school uses the I Have A Plan Iowa™ system, but not the grade level Iowa Guideways, please refer to the Additional Information for Schools Not Using Iowa Guideways in I Have A Plan Iowa™ section of this site for instructions and information on submitting the data to the Department for inclusion in the statewide report.

Schools Not Using IHAPI

  1. If a student/school uses the I Have A Plan Iowa™ system, but not the grade level Iowa Guideways, please refer to the Additional Information for Schools Not Using Iowa Guideways in I Have A Plan Iowa™ section of this site for instructions and information on submitting the data to the Department for inclusion in the statewide report.
  2. If the student/school uses a system other than I Have A Plan Iowa™ or a paper system, please refer to the Additional Information for Schools Not Using Iowa Guideways in I Have A Plan Iowa™ section of this site for instructions and information on submitting the data to the Department for inclusion in the statewide report.

 

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Guidance

2012 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Guidance and IA Code 279.61

2011 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Guidance and IA Code 279.61

2010 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Guidance and IA Code 279.61

2009 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Guidance and IA Code 279.61

2008 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Guidance and IA Code 279.61

 

Reports

2011-2012 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Annual Report (2012-11-01)

2010-2011 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Annual Report (2011-09-07)

2009-2010 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Annual Report (2010-09-30)

2009-2010 I Have a Plan Iowa Report (2010-09-30)

2008-2009 Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan Annual Report

2008-2009 Iowa Choices Report

 

Additional Information for Schools NOT Completing the State Components Within the Guideways in I Have A Plan Iowa™

For those schools that utilize a different career/education system or no electronic system, the school district must submit data on the state components called data elements in a spreadsheet file that is compatible with the state system data for a statewide report. Most of the data elements are assurances that the state components are completed by the student at the school. There is one data element that is qualitative for each grade level for the state report. The following files provide the template for submitting the data elements.

8th Grade File and Instructions for Filing Data Elements

9th Grade File and Instructions for Filing Data Elements

10th Grade File and Instructions for Filing Data Elements

11th Grade File and Instructions for Filing Data Elements

12th Grade File and Instructions for Filing Data Elements

See instructions below for submitting spreadsheets for each of the grade levels.

How to File a Report

  1. Download the separate files for each grade data elements.
  2. Enter the district and school names in the yellow bar at the top of each spreadsheet.
  3. Enter the 10 digit Unique Identifier Student ID numbers.
  4. Complete the provided spreadsheet codes for each data element.
    1. 8th grade:Cluster of interest(s)
      1. Utilize the National Career Clusters survey from their website, http://www.careerclusters.org/ccinterestsurvey.php. Code the student's career cluster of interest on the spreadsheet by numbers 01-16.
      2. Only one code is required - but students often have more than one cluster at this grade.
    2. 9th grade:Holland Code
      1. Utilize the Interest Profiler ™ (Holland Code) assessment on the O*Net website, www.onetcenter.org/IP.html from the US Department of Labor.
      2. Code the student’s Holland Personality/Occupational Type by letter: R = Realistic; I = Investigative; A = Artistic; S = Social; E = Enterprising; C = Conventional.
      3. Only one code is required – but students often have more than one Holland Code at this grade.
    3. 10th grade:Assurance that students completed a self-assessment survey or assessment measuring workplace values or beliefs.
      1. Districts/schools may choose the assessment(s)
      2. Code the assurance for the assessment by using the letter Y for completed a self assessment for values/beliefs or N for not completing a self assessment for values and beliefs.
    4. 11th grade:Assurance that students completed a survey or assessment measuring skills inventory or skill strengths and weaknesses.
      1. Districts/schools may choose the assessment(s)
      2. Code the assurance for the assessment by using the letter Y for completed a self assessment for skills or N for not completing a self assessment for skills.
    5. 12th grade:Retake and compare the Interest Profiler ™ (Holland Code) assessment.
      1. Utilize the Interest Profiler ™ (Holland Code) assessment on the O*Net website, www.onetcenter.org/IP.html from the US Department of Labor.
      2. Code the student’s Holland Personality/Occupational Type by letter: R = Realistic; I = Investigative; A = Artistic; S = Social; E = Enterprising; C = Conventional.
      3. Only one code is required – but students often have more than one Holland Code at this grade.

The data for the statewide report will be aggregated by the school and district, up to the state level. The Iowa Department of Education collects only the data indicated on the spreadsheet and does not have access to individual student portfolios. Schools and districts need to complete the spreadsheet by the end of the school year and submit to the Department by June 15th. Submit the completed files for 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders to the Department at sandra.dop@iowa.gov.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 20, 2014 at 7:26am.