ACP Level of Implementation Analysis

The purpose of this guide is to provide school district Academic and Career Planning (ACP) teams with an efficient method to identify the elements of ACP they have in place, the level of implementation, and where it is being implemented. It can be a rather arduous project. However, a simple team approach with the division of the labor will provide a process that is efficient, graphic, and leads to a robust analysis of the rubrics. 



  1. Your ACP team should be comprised of administration, content area teachers, elective teachers, counselors, postsecondary, and community representatives. 
  2. Divide the team into diverse groups of 2-3 people. 
  3. Assign areas of the Infrastructure Rubric to the small groups until there are no areas left. 
  4. The work groups should individually analyze the Infrastructure component assigned to them. They should determine 1 of 3 things and highlight the items appropriately. In Google Docs or on your paper copy of the rubric highlight items in red if it is not in place, yellow if it is partially in place or only in some areas or for some elements of the population, green if it is totally in place for everyone. 
  5. Once the teams have finished their assigned areas of the Infrastructure components they should report out on their section to the entire ACP Team. The group will discuss how the element was rated to gather more information and input from others. Highlighting should be changed if information arises that changes the perspective of the smaller work team. This information should be recorded on one central document.
  6. In the Google doc, this can be done on one central document that everyone works on at the same time. On the paper copies the highlighted colors will need to be transferred to 1 central document. 
  7. A majority of the time this discussion will lead to rich information about what is in place, why something has happened the way it did, or information that is not widely known. 
  8. Recreate the process for the ACP Component Rubric. However, it is divided by middle and high school level so teams will need to be configured appropriately for grade level representation by component. 
  9. Review the rubrics once they are completed using a projected image so everyone can see it together at the same time. Notice the color representations and identify a trend in those areas if possible.
  10. The group will want to prioritize the areas with the greatest gaps in service delivery. 
  11. Identify possible causes for the gap in those areas.
  12. Identify questions or areas of inquiry need before developing an action plan. 
  13. Identify the areas that are green. 
  14. What has contributed to this high level of implementation? What have you learned from this that can be utilized in addressing the yellow and red areas?
  15. What needs to occur to maintain those areas at a high level of implementation.
  16. What are the top 3 components of the Infrastructure Rubric that will be addressed?
  17. Who needs to be present for that discussion and planning? Set a date to begin that work.
  18. What are the top 3 components fo the ACP Component Rubric that will be addressed?
  19. Who needs to be present for that discussion and planning? Set a date to begin that work. 

Keep the rubrics. Each year review them using the same methods and update colors as needed. This can be the basis for tracking your implementation progress, new developments, and celebrating your success with ACP.

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