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GUIDANCE AND SCHOOL COUNSELING UNIT. It Is the Law. ACT 908 of 1991 Revised 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 “Public School Student Services ACT” Ark. Code Ann. 6-18-1001 ~ 6-18-1009. Student Services Program A Coordinated Effort. Guidance & Counseling Psychological Services

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It Is the Law

ACT 908 of 1991 Revised 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 “Public School Student Services ACT”

Ark. Code Ann.

6-18-1001 ~ 6-18-1009


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Student Services ProgramA Coordinated Effort

  • Guidance & Counseling

  • Psychological Services

  • Visiting teacher &

    school social work services

  • Career Services

  • Conflict Resolution Services

  • Health Services

  • Suicide Prevention Public Awareness


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Guidance & Counseling

  • Individual & Group Counseling for all students

  • Orientation Programs

  • Academic Advisement

  • Consultation with parents, faculty, and out-of-school agencies

  • Utilization of student records and files

  • Interpretation and dissemination of results of augmented, criterion-referenced, or norm-referenced assessments


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Follow-up of dropouts and graduates

School-initiated system of parental involvement

Organized system of Informational resources to base educational and vocational decision making

Educational, academic assessment and career counseling with regard to:

Workforce opportunities

Alternative programs

Postsecondary opportunities

National college assessments


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Coordinating administration of the TABE or GED pre-test and designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

Classroom guidance limited to 40 minute class sessions, not to exceed 3 per day or 10 per week

Guidance in understanding the relationship between classroom performance and success in school


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Career designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsDevelopment

  • Each school counselor shall provide a career planning process for each student to include

  • Employment readiness

  • Career information

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to achieve career goals

  • Career awareness


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Career designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsDevelopment Cont.

  • School counselors shall also encourage parents, during regular parent conferences, to support partnerships in their children’s learning and career planning process


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Student Services Report designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests


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Each counselor is to complete a separate report for designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsEACH school served

Examples:

  • If you serve both the Elementary and the High School

  • If you serve two Elementary schools in the same district


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October 1 designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsHow Many Students?

  • Delineate the total number of students in each grade for the school

  • Indicate the grade levels and the total number of students YOU serve


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“Yes” or “No” designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • When answering the items, please mark “Yes” or “No”

  • “NA” is not an acceptable response

    • Do not leave a numbered item blank

    • Do not write “NA” beside the item

    • Answer “No” if it is not “Yes”


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Allocation designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Number of students served

  • Percentages should represent the time you are assigned as a counselor (FTE)

    • One, two, three, four, or five days allocated 450:1

    • Days beyond allocated days do not count in counselor percentages.


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Direct Counseling designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsItems 1- 17

  • Addresses direct counseling services provided

  • Items 1 – 16 the same but renumbered.

  • Item 17 revised and moved (#4 to #17)


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Item 17 designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

YES NO 17. Academic development skills have been identified and are being used at the elementary, middle, and high school.

(Complete and attach a “Results Report Form” found on page 29 of The Arkansas Model, for one (1) Academic Development activity.


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Academic Development Activities designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Examples at the Elementary Level (K-7)

    • Listening skills

    • Following directions

    • Accepting responsibility

    • Adjusting to the school environment

    • Decision making skills

    • Goal setting

    • Developing independence

    • Developing study habits

    • Learning about middle school


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Academic Development Activities designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Examples at the Secondary Level (7-12)

    • Assessing academic strengths and areas needing improvement

    • Learning styles

    • Building self reliance

    • Smart and core curriculum

    • Learning about high school programs

    • Evaluating academic achievement and progress

    • Curriculum awareness

    • Course selection

    • Planning for the future

    • Decision making skills


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Counselor designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

Target Group

Curriculum & Materials

Type of Service

Start Date/End Date

Process Data

Perception Data

Results Data

Results Report Form


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Process Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

What did you do for whom?


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Process Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsWhat did you do for whom?

  • Evidence the event occurred

  • How activity was conducted

    • How many students

    • Number of lessons delivered

    • Number of meetings


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Process Data - Examples designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Weekly (6) academic support groups with 12 students in each group were held

  • (155) 9th grade students received the “The Four Year Plan” guidance lesson

  • All 4th and 5th (112) grade students participated in the “study buddy” (4) guidance lessons


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Perception Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

What do people think they know, believe or can do?


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Perception Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsWhat others think, know or demonstrate.

“Measures competency achieved, knowledge gained or attitudes beliefs of student

  • Pre-post

  • Surveys

  • Evaluations

  • Teacher/Principal assessment of students


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Perception Data – Examples designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Competency Achievement

    • Every student in grades 9-12 completed a 4 year plan

    • Every 10th grade student completed an interest inventory

  • Knowledge Gained

    • 89% of students demonstrate knowledge of promotion/retention criteria

    • 92% can identify Early Warning Signs of Suicide


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Perception Data - Examples designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Attitudes or Beliefs

    • 74% of students believe fighting is wrong

    • 29% of students feel safe at school

    • 78% know the name of their counselor


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Results Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

What happened?


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Results Data designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Hard data

  • Proof your program has (or has not) positively impacted students ability to utilize the knowledge, attitudes and skills to effect academic achievement, attendance, or behavior


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Results Data - Examples designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • 72 students on the retention list avoided retention

  • Graduation rates improved 14% over three years

  • Attendance improved among 9th grade males by 49%


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How are students different as a RESULT of what you do? designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests


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Administrative Activities designating appropriate personnel to administer the testsItems 18 - 31

  • Activities related to the provision of guidance services

  • Student may or may not be present but work is related to guidance services


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“List Others” designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Both the Direct Counseling and Administrative Activities sections have space for you to list other activities not specified that fit each category. The “List Others” section may be left blank; it is there to help you.

  • To calculate your time spent for Direct Counseling, determine how much allocated time was spent doing the activities listed in items 1-17 as well as other activities you listed in the “List Others” section.

  • To calculate your time spent for Administrative Counseling Activities, determine how much allocated time was spent doing the activities listed in items 18-31 as well as other activities you listed in the “List Others” section.


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Percentages of Time Spent designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • List a percent for each category

    • Time spent on “Direct Counseling”

      (Items 1-17) plus listed items

    • Time spent on “Administrative Activities” (Items 18-31) plus listed items


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Non-Guidance Functions designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • List activities that Do NOT relate to the provision of guidance services

  • DO NOT include these activities in your percentages


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School Counselor Performance Appraisal designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Guide for self-evaluation based on performance standards

  • Tally responses and record on items 32 & 33

  • Appraisal form is located on pages 31- 34 of The Akansas Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (the model is posted under resources at www.arsca.k12.ar.us)


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General Information (Section D) designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Items 34 – 56

  • Based on district/building information


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Career Planning Process (Section E) designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Items 57 – 59 applies to K – 12 counselors

  • Item 60 applies to 8 – 12 counselors


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8-12 Career Folder/Form designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • Attach folder or form used in career planning

  • Form can be the form used district or cooperative wide.

  • A statement must be submitted if no folder/form is attached.


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Re-Cap for Attachments designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • For K-7 Counselors

    • Academic Development (Results Report)

  • For 8-12 Counselors

    • Academic Development

      (Results Report)

    • Career Planning Process

      folder/form


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Signatures designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

  • The following signatures are required before submitting the Student Services Report:

    • You, the Counselor

    • The Principal

    • The Superintendent


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SUBMIT designating appropriate personnel to administer the tests

By Due Date

March 15, 2010


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