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Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs)

An individualized learning plan (ILP) is both a document and a process that students use – with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents – to define their career goals and postsecondary plans in order to inform their decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school. Many states have adopted policies that require all middle and/or high school students to develop and maintain an individualized learning plan in order to make schools more personalized and improve student outcomes.

The ILP research studies by NCWD/Youth and our partners indicate that ILPs show promise as an effective strategy for delivering quality career development opportunities that improve several student outcomes.

See which states are using ILPs!

Map of the United States showing ILP status from state to state.


Featured individualized learning plans resources include:

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