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manage a school counseling program. The assessments and tools help schoolcounselors develop, implement and evaluate their school counseling programbased on clearly defined priorities reflecting student needs.
SCHOOL COUNSELOR COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENTThe school counselor competencies assessment supports school counselors’efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotionaldevelopment so they achieve success in school and are prepared to leadfulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The assessment helpsschool counselors self-assess their knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary toperform the range of school counselor responsibilities in all four componentsof a comprehensive school counseling program.The competencies are applicable in a variety of areas, including those listedon the following page.School counselorsSelf-assess their own competenciesFormulate an appropriate professionaldevelopment planSchooladministratorsGuide the recruitment and selection ofcompetent school counselorsDevelop or inform meaningful schoolcounselor performance evaluationSchool counseloreducation programsEstablish benchmarks for ensuring schoolcounseling students graduate with theknowledge, attitudes and skills neededfor developing comprehensive schoolcounseling programsThe school counselor competencies assessment on p. 148 helps schoolcounselors assess their knowledge, attitudes and skills.
SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM ASSESSMENTThe school counseling program assessment is used to self-evaluate the schoolcounseling program in comparison with the ASCA National Model. Theassessment findings help school counselors identify strengths and weaknessesof the school counseling program and provide direction for continued programimprovement.The assessment is first completed when a comprehensive school counselingprogram is being designed and then reviewed and updated at least annually toappraise the progress of program development and implementation. Aftercompleting the assessment, see p. 105 in the accountability section for moreinformation about analyzing the data to determine:Major strengths of the programProgram areas in need of strengtheningShort-range goals for improvementLong-range goals for improvementAreas to consider for professional developmentResults of the assessment can be shared in several ways to support thedevelopment of a comprehensive program. The results can be shared withadministrators to inform the administrator of the direction of programimplementation. The results may also be shared with the advisory council toinform the development of program priorities and goals, training and areas offocus.See p. 59 for the school counseling program assessment.
USE-OF-TIME ASSESSMENTThe use-of-time assessment helps the school counselor determine how muchtime is spent in each of the components of the ASCA National Model. Schoolcounselors with comprehensive school counseling programs spend a majorityof their time providing direct and indirect services to students. It is