Transition Outcomes: Alabama Students Show Huge Gains in Career Exploration

In the August issue of our ‘Career News & Views’ newsletter, we are celebrating the transition test score increases of the students in Montgomery, Alabama!

Over the course of the 2018 – 2019 school year, students took 16 different career exploration courses focusing on vocational areas as diverse as Greenhouse Work, Child Care and Autobody Work. Teachers used Project Discovery hands-on kits, featuring evidence-based practices such as video modeling and differentiated instruction, to guide students through preparation for over a dozen different careers.

Project Discovery Curriculum

% of Students who Increased Scores

Average Score Increase

  • Child Care
  • Mail Handling
  • Caregiver #1
  • Autobody #1
  • Caregiver #2
  • Animal Care
  • Autobody #2
  • Greenouse
  • Health/Nutrition
  • Food Service
  • Cleaning/Maint.
  • Retailing
  • Carpentry
  • Skin/Nail Care
  • Grocery Clerk
  • Table Service
  • 100%
  • 50%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 78%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 47%
  • 100%
  • 29%
  • 20%
  • 100%
  • 50%

  • 98%
  • 102%
  • 172%
  • 120%
  • 98%
  • 111%
  • 112%
  • 120%
  • 138%
  • 114%
  • 62%
  • 45%
  • 46%
  • 200%
  • 115%
  • 31%

Of the 131 students who completed our career exploration curriculum, 102 (78%) showed improvements on post-test evaluations. Of those students showing improvement, the average gain was 105%, more than doubling their performance on the pre-test!

Montgomery County, AL is only one of the many schools demonstrating transition outcomes of this magnitude. As institutions of learning across the country are opening their doors for a brand new school year, we encourage everyone to begin the year with the end in mind!


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