Last month, South Carolina's K-16 council, the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council (EEDCC), released its fifth annual report. In spite of the economic downturn, P-20 alignment is moving ahead in the state, and the efforts of the EEDCC (and legislation underlying the EEDCC's efforts) are bearing fruit.
For example: Nearly all students in grades 8-11 had or revised an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) between Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010, and parents of students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend annual IGP conferences with their children. Seventy-one percent of these parents participated in these events, and according to surveys administered in spring 2010, 94% of the student respondents "indicated that the conference helped them to better understand the relationship between their course work and their career goals". Ninety-four percent of the parents participating in the survey "indicated that they believe the annual IGP conferences are beneficial to their children as they prepare to be promoted to the next grade level".