Counselors Bolstered by Data

By Judy Bowers

Think about the laundry list of issues school administrators face each day. It can be overwhelming, especially when you consider what occurs outside the classroom that affects student performance.

In addition to increased academic pressure, students are confronted daily with harassment and bullying, both in the traditional and now cyber sense. They are trying to develop the personal and social skills that will help them succeed later in life.

What can be done to ensure students graduate with the academic, career, and personal social skills necessary to succeed after high school? And who on your staff can help make that happen?

School counselors are one part of the solution, but in a budget pinch, they are too often overlooked. As boards and superintendents struggle to make cuts without affecting classroom programs, services, and activities, counselors and other student services areas are often viewed as nonessential positions.

But they are essential. And rather than relying on anecdotes such as, “I know I did a good job today because I feel good about the students I saw,” counselors have joined the data generation to show the results of their work. 

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