ECAP – Education and Career Action Plan

What is an ECAP?

On February 25, 2008 the Arizona State Board of Education approved Education and Career Action Plans for all Arizona students grades 9-12. An ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic and career goals.

  • ECAP Brochure – English  ~ Spanish (Spanish update coming soon)

Why is an ECAP important?

We as educators believe that integrating an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) process into all facets of the school experience enables students to be lifelong learners and problem-solvers, developing and applying 21st century skills to their life experiences, as students, as workers, as consumers, and as responsible citizens. With the ability to identify skills and interests and to apply that knowledge to create their own ECAP, our students will have developed needed skills to advance in a more fluid, seamless transition, meeting 21st Century technologies and work place postsecondary requirements.

 As counselors and educators you have the opportunity to help a student discover their dream for the future. Supporting students in the creation of an individualized Education Career Action Plan empowers a child to take control of their post-secondary plans and tailor their educational experience to fit with their interests. Intentionally developing awareness about future pathways ensures that education will be more meaningful and that a student will achieve college and career readiness for postsecondary success.

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 What are your goals and aspirations? Do you have special talents or skills? By creating an individualized Education Career Action Plan, you can shape your own education and future. Choosing classes and extracurricular activities that fit in with your interests and future plans allows you to prepare yourself for a successful career or college experience after high school.

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 Your involvement in your child’s education is critical to their success in academics and their future college or career aspirations. An Education Career Action Plan (ECAP) allows you to engage with your student and their educators to create an individualized learning plan tailored to their skills, interests, and aspirations. By tracking coursework, extracurricular activities, and career interests, you will be able to watch your child’s growth and help foster meaningful motivation for success today, and in the future.

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 Arizona’s economic development depends on a healthy talent pipeline from our students. Partnering with local schools and students in the development of an individualized Education Career Action Plan (ECAP) ensures that Arizona children will have the necessary skills for the workforce upon graduation. By championing individual interests of students in the form of internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, mentoring, and relationship building, your business receives new, innovative talent while sparking a young adult’s career motivation. Engage with your local community by inspiring our future leaders.
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Resources and More
Explore this page for examples of Arizona school ECAPs and other valuable resources.

ECAP 2013 Implementation Survey:

In the Fall of 2103, West Ed Comprehensive Center was contracted to assist the Arizona Department of Education in determining the implementation level of the Education and Career Action Plan Process (ECAP) in schools serving grades 9-12.  Schools were required by the State Board of Education to have this process in place for the graduating class of 2013.  A memorandum was sent to district and charter school principals asking them to see that one survey was completed per high school site.  The electronic survey results were then compiled into a summary report by WestEd and reviewed by ADE.  The results of the survey will provide guidance to ADE in our efforts to assist schools in refining their ECAP process and student ECAP plan.

Contact Information

Kay Schreiber
College and Career Ready Coordinator
State School Counselors Supervisor
(602) 542-5353
Maxine Daly
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders
(602) 542-5510
Address: Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson St. Bin #24, Phoenix, AZ 85007