College and Career Readiness in Alabama

The Alabama State Department of Education partners with Kuder to deliver a comprehensive system that meets their unique academic requirements and college and career readiness standards. 

Project Overview

The State of Alabama Department of Education (ALSDE) selected Kuder in 2010 to develop a comprehensive statewide online career planning system for students in grades 6 through 12. The Alabama Career Planning System, powered by Kuder® (ACPS) set the stage for the state's newly developed education strategy, with the goal of preparing all students to be successful in college and/or career upon graduation from high school. Today, the ACPS serves as a support system that helps secondary students successfully prepare for the future.

Sean Stevens

“Kuder was able to meet our needs for our new diploma requirements, but also allow our students at the school level to pursue and explore certain courses that are only available to them locally. That’s made the ACPS very powerful.”

Sean Stevens

ALSDE Education Administrator

The Kuder Solution

Kuder Navigator

Kuder Navigator® 

Combines education planning, career exploration, and workforce readiness in a single platform. Alabama students in grades 6-12 can build education plans based on Alabama courses of study; identify their interests, skills confidence, and work values; plan for postsecondary education or training; explore career options; create electronic portfolios; and much more.

Kuder Customization

System Customization

Our multi-year course planning tool, tailored to the Alabama High School Diploma Program, allows students to select a path that both meets their individual needs and ensures they're career ready. The system's Curriculum Manager tool enables Alabama school administrators to upload courses, facilitating curriculum planning and local and statewide career trend forecasting. Kuder Connect 2 Business® (C2B) matches Alabama students' career aspirations with local employers and their available opportunities. 

Direct Your Future

College Match 

Our College Match tool enables Alabama's college-bound students to view side-by-side comparisons of estimated financial aid packages, based on each student’s academic performance and family financial situation, along with campus match scores and their likelihood of being admitted. Alabama students receive immediate insights into their estimated individual net costs and acceptance chances.

Kuder Customization

College Test Prep & Practice 

Online courses and practice tests from Peterson's help Alabama students prep for the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and ACT®. In addition, the system includes College Placement Skills Training (CPST) aligned with the Accuplacer, Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) aligned with the ASVAB, and practice tests for the GED and Advanced Placement®.

A parent's perspective.

Rachel Turner, mom of two Alabama high school students, says the ACPS has made them "more excited about the possibilities for their future." Turner says the system is setting them up for success: "I don’t want my children to do what I did. I don’t want them to graduate high school and the next day wake up and say, 'Now what am I going to do?' and waste very important time and money."

Fast Facts


In 2010.


More than 1.1 million users, including Alabama's 6-12th grade students, parents, educators, and administrators.

Career Readiness Indicators

►More than 870,000 unique course plans created.

►More than 125,000 resumes built.

►More than 2.5 million career assessments completed.

Cullman High School Health Sciences Program

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