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The Progress of Education Reform: Counseling PDF - This issue of Progress of Education Reform takes a closer look at research related to:

  • The variation in access of college counseling across schools and the impact of schools, districts, postsecondary institutions and states on the availability and type of college counseling
  • The types of information traditionally underserved students need to prepare for postsecondary education
  • The varying types of guidance students receive based on their academic pathway or ethnic background.
(Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, June 2008)...

Counseling: Does it really impact student decisionmaking? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....

Preparing Students for College: What High Schools Are Doing and How Their Actions Influence Ninth Graders' College Attitudes, Aspirations and Plans - The United States now is 16th out of 36 developed countries in percentage of workers aged 25 to 35 who hold a postsecondary degree, so attention is turning to high school guidance counselors and their influence on ninth graders’ interest in college attendance. The National Center for Education Statistics surveyed 24,000 ninth graders in public and private high schools, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators and lead school counselors. The average student-counselor ratio was 250 to 1 and about half the counselors spent 21% or more of their time on college counseling. Among ninth graders, only 18% had spoken with a counselor about college. (Alexandria Walton Radford and Nicole Hill, NACAC, May 2013)...

Increasing the Admission Rate to Secondary School: The Case of Primary School Student Career Guidance - Authors look at whether a cost-neutral school intervention that introduces student career guidance for students aged 15-16 influences their admission to secondary school (ages 16-19). The new system increased immigrant (low performer) admission by 4.6 percentage points, but had no effect on native students.(Danish National Centre for Social Research, March 2012)...

2012 National Survey of School Counselors, True North: Charting the Course to College and Career Readiness - School counselors are a critical resource to ensure students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, but the 2012 counselor survey indicates a lack of focus, training, accountability, and resources to get the job done. Key areas where additional counselor training and professional development could improve college and career readiness are identified. Acknowledging economic hardship, the survey points to areas where increased use of existing resources might accelerate student achievement.(CollegeBoard Advocacy & Policy Center, October 2012)...

2012 National Survey of School Counselors and Administrators: Report on Survey Findings - Barriers and Supports to School Counselor Success - The Second College Board Survey of School Counselors builds on the 2011 National Survey in many important ways. Most notably, it adds to the perspectives of high school and middle school counselors by bringing in the perspectives of school administrators. The survey results show the story is far less one of contrasting views and differing priorities than one of convergent views and shared priorities. School counselors and school administrators in public and private middle schools and high schools in all 50 states completed surveys, offering results that are nationally representative. On the whole, the survey shows counselors and administrators identify the same challenges and share the same goals. (College Board, October 2012)...

Poised to Lead: How School Counselors Can Drive College and Career Readiness - “Poised to Lead” outlines what states, districts, and schools can do to help school counselors become leaders and advocates in the effort to prepare all students for college and career. (The Education Trust, 2011) ...

2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads - This survey of more than 5,300 middle school and high school counselors reveals deep concerns within the profession and sheds light on opportunities to better utilize these valuable leaders in America’s schools. (Civic Enterprises & Hart Research Associates, 2011)...

Can I Get a Little Advice Here? How An Overstretched High School Guidance System is Undermiing Students' College Aspirations - This report is the second in a series of on what factors influence success and failure and what kinds of measures might be taken to improve college graduation rates. The report is based on a national survey of young adults ages 22-30 asking young Americans how much help they received from the high school guidance system when it comes to choosing a college or career or getting financial aid for college. (Jean Johnson, Jon Rochkind, Amber Ott and Samantha DuPont, Public Agenda, February 2010)...

What is a Comprehensive Approach to Student Supports? - Too often, what is identified as "comprehensive" is not comprehensive enough, and generally the approach described is not about developing a system of supports, but is instead a proposal to enhance coordination of fragmented efforts. This paper discusses the barriers to developing a comprehensive approach to student supports and uses a matrix for reviewing scope and content of a component to address barriers to learning. (Center for Mental Health in Schools, School Mental Health Project, Department of Psychology, UCLA, 2008)...


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