HB 3218 provided an opportunity for a multi-measure approach. The adopted multi-measure approach includes all high students taking a college career ready assessment, completing existing graduation coursework requirements in law and beginning in 9th grade of 2019-2020, students to complete and annually update their Individual Career Academic Plan in order to graduate from a public school with a standard diploma.
Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) means an individualized plan developed by the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian, in collaboration with their school counselors, school administrators, teachers and other school personnel, that is used to help establish personalized academic and career goals, explore post-secondary career and educational opportunities, align course work and curriculum, apply to post-secondary institutions, secure financial aid and ultimately enter the workforce. Beginning in the year 2019 – 2020 all entering freshman must complete an ICAP in order to graduate high school.
Creates the Work-based Learning Program and gives authority over it to the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development. Requires all partners to provide their expertise, time and resources as necessary to advance and sustain the work-based learning goals of Oklahoma Works, to assist with publishing an annual progress report showing each agency’s steps and accomplishments toward meeting statewide workforce goals and to align state agencies, boards and commissions and the private business sector in meeting Oklahoma Works goals. 74 O.S. §5003.10e
In order to provide students with more meaningful experiences in high school and encourage the smooth transition from high school to post – secondary opportunities the Oklahoma State Department of Education offers two opportunities for high school Juniors and Seniors to earn credit towards graduation by participating in internships.
In collaboration between Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology shall develop college and career endorsements for the purpose of providing a clear pathway to a career.
2016 Workforce Oklahoma Academic High School Diploma Recognition Act was created in order to provide school districts the flexibility to award students with graduation recognitions related to workforce readiness.