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Cincinnati District Implements College and Career Planning Platform
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) has selected a single platform to help students navigate college choice and career planning.
Through an agreement with Naviance, a provider of planning solutions serving the K-12 market, the district will use Naviance Succeed at more than a dozen high schools within the district to ensure students have an educational and career path mapped out for them.
The technology allows monitoring of individual progress that is aggregated from a number of different sources, such as student information systems, assessment databases, and student engagement surveys. The collected data is then used to provide feedback about where a student is and where he or she needs to be in order to attain a specified goal. For example, if a student decides he or she wants to enroll in law school in order to pursue a career as an attorney, that student's grades and course preparation can be compared to what the student actually needs in order to be likely to gain admittance.
Students and their families are also being taught how to use the system in order to give students ownership over their own academic and personal futures.
"The ultimate goal is to empower our students for success beyond Cincinnati Public," said Kelly Broscheid, coordinator of career exploration for CPS. "With Naviance Succeed we can collect, monitor, and analyze the deep data needed to tailor curriculum to individual student strengths, challenges, and goals. This allows students to map realistic paths toward academic, personal and career success."
Implementation and staff training is being funded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the US Bank Haile Foundation during the 2011/2012 school year.
CPS is the third largest public school district in Ohio with total enrollment of nearly 35,000 students at magnet, Montessori, and traditional high school configurations. It is the top-rated district in terms of academic performance among the state's eight urban districts.
Part of Hobsons, Naviance currently serves more than 4.5 million students and 300,000 educators in approximately 5,400 schools in 84 countries.
More information about Naviance is available at naviance.com.