MassCIS (Mass Career Information System)

Is a FREE and POWERFUL online college/career exploration, portfolio, planning and management tool for users of all ages. Registration is not required, but schools have the option of creating their own accounts, so they can track individual student’s progress and much more. For more details (including how to sign up for a school account, click here!

MEFA Pathways: Your Plan for the Future

A FREE web portal designed to help Massachusetts students (grades 6-12) manage their educational and career pathways. It provides students with one central planning site where they can organize their academic information, get free test-prep tutorials, research schools, track applications, apply for financial aid, and more.

DESE College and Career Readiness Data Resources Video Series

Covers where to find – and how to use – many College & Career Readiness data resources available on the websites of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Included are instructions on how to use District Profiles, Analysis Review Tools and various EDWIN reports. 

Individual Learning Plans

Most online college/career exploration and management tools (MassCIS, MEFA Pathways, Career Cruising, Naviance) have a built in Individual Learning Plan (ILP), Personal Learning Plan, etc.  When possible, guide students to use this integrated tool.  DESE also provides a template for students as well as an ILP implementation guide and rubric for schools to utilize on the ‘Additional College and Career Readiness Supports and Initiatives’ page of their College and Career Readiness site.

For more tools that can be used with youth, please go to the ‘For Youth‘ tab.