Pittsburgh Public School District Adopts College and Career Readiness Platform
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) is making college and career planning accessible for all of its 11,500 middle and high school students by implementing Hobsons’ Naviance, the leading solution that helps students prepare for life after high school whether they pursue college, a career or the military. Pittsburgh joins a growing number of large public school systems across the country who are embracing Naviance as their district-wide college and career readiness platform.
The implementation of Naviance will help PPS increase graduation and financial aid application rates, as well as accurately track college applications, acceptances, and scholarships. The district also will be better equipped to guide students through the process of identifying their strengths and interests, and exploring careers and colleges to create personalized plans for life beyond high school. District officials will gain the ability to monitor and promote the completion of FAFSA, the federal financial aid application that is a critical step in the college decision process and correlates to higher rates of admissions, attendance, and college completion. Implementation of Naviance will begin with District 8th and 11th graders in February, rolling out to all middle and high school students next Fall.
“With Naviance, we are able to provide every student in the district access to a comprehensive college and career readiness program, and to measure each school’s progress in providing every student with a solid academic and career plan when they graduate from high school,” said Dr. Anthony Hamlet, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. “This is a win for our community, our district, and our students, but also for the colleges, universities, and technical schools in our area who are seeking to increase access to post-secondary education and welcome more first-generation and low-income students.”