The PA Department of Education requires Career Planning and Portfolios for every graduating student under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Students will graduate with at least twenty artifacts in their portfolios from interest inventories, to resumes, financial awareness and post-secondary planning.

There are benchmark years in which certain grades need to have their pieces of evidence completed to help keep them on track. Spring-Ford Area School District has opted to use an online tracking site known as Smart Futures. This online career portfolio allows student access both in school and at home. Students find Smart Futures in Clever at

Spring-Ford students are first introduced to Smart Futures in grade 3. At the high school level, students are required to complete the eight activities outlined below.