Use of Individualized Learning Plans: A Promising Practice for Driving College and Career Readiness Efforts: Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-Method, Multi-Study Effort

Report Cover: Use of Individualized Learning Plans: A Promising Practice for Driving College and Career Readiness" (education and career-related icons and arrows in a four-by-four grid)In response to a 2007 Education Commission of the States (ECS) report documenting a growing state interest in using Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) commissioned a five-year research study to determine whether ILPs should be considered a promising college and career readiness practice and whether and how youth with disabilities are participating in these efforts. The research began in 2008 with a cooperative agreement awarded to the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of ILP research and technical assistance activities that were completed between 2007 and 2013. The purpose of these activities was to investigate whether ILPs should be considered a promising practice for youth with and without disabilities and to identify promising state, district, and school ILP implementation strategies.

Two overarching patterns emerged during the course of the multi-study effort:

  1. ILPs share a common set of characteristics, and
  2. ILPs are increasingly understood to be the lynchpin tool for linking the twin goals of college readiness and career readiness.

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