Model Program


SC State Department of Education
1429 Senate Street, Room 1112-A
Columbia, SC 29201

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Contact Information:
Suzette S. Lee
Director, Office of High School Design

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Inner City

School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The EXPLORE program is designed to help eighth and ninth graders explore a broad range of options for their future. EXPLORE prepares students for their high school course work and post-high school choices. It provides baseline information on the academic abilities of the students that can be used to help plan high school course work and is a reliable predictor of performance on PLAN, which provides a midpoint review of tenth-graders' progress toward their education and career goals. The assessment is a curriculum-based, achievement test designed for measuring achievement in these core areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. It shares the same score scale with PLAN and the ACT, enabling educators to seamlessly document student progress from grades eight through twelve.

Program Descriptors Include:
Career Education, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations

Family factors

  • Low educational expectations

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:



Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals


Evaluation Information:

According to Research Confirms It, students who have taken EXPLORE are more likely to take a college-prep curriculum and to be prepared for college-level work. In addition, students - and especially underrepresented students - who use EXPLORE and PLAN information are more likely to take rigorous college-prep courses, particularly math and science, in high school. Higher percentages of students who use EXPLORE and PLAN in their educational planning aspire to go to college. Finally, EXPLORE provides an early indicator of college readiness and an opportunity for students to find careers that match their interests.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level