From the Washington Post “The Answer Sheet“:
Though the recommended number per counselor is 250 students, the American School Counselor Associations shows that the national average is actually one counselor for every 457 students. And those figures were from 2008-09, the latest available, but before many states slashed school budgets last year. Read more…
According to at least one study, counselors are a much-needed presence in schools, influencing test score improvements, how teachers perceive the atmosphere at the school (and yes, that does matter), and other benefits, including reduced time teachers spend mediating negative student behavior.
Does your school have a counselor? If so, how effective does your school counselor seem to be?