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Introducing a New High School & Beyond Planning Tool

 

The Snoqualmie Valley School District will be transitioning to a new tool from School Data Solutions, to help support the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) graduation requirement. The transition to this new resource will begin in April of 2020 and be fully implemented in the fall of the 2020-21 school year.

 

What is the High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP)?

The completion of a High School and Beyond Plan is a Washington State high school graduation requirement for all students. The HSBP process begins in 7th grade, with new activities and revisions to individual plans occurring each year. This is designed to help guide students as they progress through middle and high school and prepare for their post-secondary aspirations. The High School & Beyond Plan includes the following components:

  • Identification of career goals, aided by a skills and career interest inventory assessment;
  • Identification of educational goals for graduation and beyond;
  • Four-year plan for course-taking in high school that fulfills state and local graduation requirements and aligns with the student's career and educational goals;
  • Resume or activity log by end of 12th grade that provides a written compilation of the student’s activities/athletics, leadership opportunities, work experience, or community service that can be used for writing personal statements, application essays, or scholarship applications;
  • When needed, interventions, academic support, and/or courses that enable a student to meet high school graduation requirements.

 

Implementing a New HSBP Tool:  The School Data Solutions Platform

Currently, most SVSD students in grades 7-12 (at MSHS and all middle schools) have been using two programs for this requirement:  Naviance and My School Data.  Also, Two Rivers students have been meeting the HSBP requirement through career interest surveys, one-on-one pathways planning with their counselors, and advisories focused on FAFSA completion and scholarship applications.

 

In an effort to find a HSBP platform that can better support all students through this process, a committee worked to explore other tool options, soliciting feedback from students and staff, and confirming compliance with state requirements. As a result, staff members and students involved in the review process overwhelmingly recommended the School Data Solutions’ High School and Beyond product. Their comments regarding the School Data Solutions platform included: “Very organized, futuristic, easy to navigate, good feedback;” and “It was a lot clearer and shorter than Naviance. The careers that it gave me were more appealing than Naviance. I think that it fit me better.”

 

Benefits of the School Data Solutions tool include:

  • Improved research content for professional, military, and technical careers;
  • Comprehensive information about training required, average salaries, and the schools, college programs, or apprenticeships available for each career;
  • Increased flexibility that allows students to take the interest & skills test multiple times, as their career interests evolve;
  • Consolidation of student HSBP data into a single location;
  • A graduation tracking module for high school principals and counselors;
  • Parent access to review and monitor student progress.

 

Transition Plan

Depending on a student’s grade level, the switch to a new HSBP tool has different implications. See the transition plan below.

 

Timeline chart for transition to new School Data Solutions HSBP tool

 

NOTE:  Students may wish to download their Naviance data before the district’s subscription expires on March 29, 2020.  Mount Si High School students will receive instructions on how to save information from their Naviance account during PRIDE Time.

 

“We deeply appreciated the insights and suggestions offered by parents, students and staff during this review process. High school and post-secondary planning should be an exciting and engaging part of a student’s school experience, and we are committed to making that happen. It is important to us that the shift to a new HSBP tool is a seamless experience for students and families, so please know we welcome your questions or suggestions as we move through this process,” said Ginger Callison, SVSD Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.

 

For more information about School Data Solutions or the High School & Beyond Plan graduation requirement, please click here or refer to your school counselor with questions.