Fiscal Year 2018 → Question 1
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards for Students (ASCA 2005) speak to specific student competencies and indicators that align with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Professional Growth System (PGS) and guide the school counselor in providing services to meet the developmental needs (i.e., academic, career, social/emotional) of all students. The standards describe what students should be able to do so they can achieve their highest potential. The ASCA model sums up accountability for counselors with one simple question, “How are students different as a result of what school counselors do?”
Counselors continually hold themselves accountable to the needs of their students as they conduct small group, grade-level team meetings; facilitate Collaborative Problem Solving team meetings; and provide classroom guidance lessons and professional development to MCPS staff members. When counselors plan for ongoing work, they incorporate data-based, decision-making processes into their plans. Counselors utilize the myMCPS database and MCPS Form 272-10, Documentation of Interventions, to compare students’ progress before and after an agreed upon intervention. Overall school data and individual student data is used to inform practice that benefits schools and students.
MCPS’s PGS incorporates professional standards that give counselors a tool for self-evaluation of their performance. School administrators may use the following standards to evaluate the effectiveness of the certified school counselor: