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Kansas State Department of Education Kansans Can Star Recognition Program

Individual Plans of Study

Often when a student is asked what he or she plans to do after high school, the student will respond that they are going to college, but they have no idea what they want to study. This can result in wasted dollars and frustration, which can lead to a student dropping out. This is where an Individual Plan of Study (IPS) can help. All students, beginning in middle school, will develop an IPS based on their career interests. An IPS is both the product a student develops and a process the school implements to help guide students in developing future plans. Students work with school staff members and family members to develop their IPS. The vision requires that every middle and high school student in the state will have an IPS.

Beginning in 2020, districts will have the opportunity to apply for IPS recognition.






For more information, contact:


(785) 296-3201

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