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School Counseling and Guidance, K-12

93%

of High School students think they will graduate

86%

of RI teachers expect their students to go to college

The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program

The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program ensures equitable access to educational and career opportunities for all kids, promotes rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase college and career readiness, and fosters advocacy for all students. This program assists school counselors to analyze their current practice, organize and align their program in a comprehensive framework, develop curricula, and evaluate the success of their guidance program.

School Counseling Policy

The Rhode Island Basic Education Program Regulations (BEP)

BEP Regulations are designed to ensure that high-quality education is available to all public school students. Chapter G-14-1.3 in the BEP is entitled Comprehensive Guidance and states the following:

"Each LEA shall establish and maintain a Comprehensive School Counseling Guidance (CSC) Program, including guidance and counseling services, available to all students in grades K-12. Each LEA shall ensure that the CSC Guidance program shall:

  • Be developed and delivered in accordance with the Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs;
  • Support each student in meeting the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in the academic, career, and personal and social domains;
  • Be a coordinated effort among the professional counseling staff and the rest of the educational community; and
  • Include services to be provided to students at each developmental stage and specify how the services will be provided to all students."

The Rhode Island Framework

The Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs is the product of a broad collaborative effort by Providence College, the Rhode Island School Counselor Association, Rhode Island School-to-Career and the Rhode Island Department of Education. School counselors are critical players in systemic change. Their role as leaders, advocates, and collaborators allows them to be important contributors to positive educational change and to the success of students in three developmental domains: academic, personal/social and career. While continuing to serve as the primary conduit whereby the needs of students are addressed, counselors now develop and implement a program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and data driven. Twenty-first century school counseling in Rhode Island ensures equitable access to educational and career exploration opportunities for all kids, promotes a rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase student success, and fosters advocacy for all students. The model encourages administrators and counselors to align school improvement strategies with school counseling by redefining and re-positioning the role of school counselor.

The Framework can be accessed here.

Counselor Credentials Requirements

School Counselor Credential Requirements

Educator Quality is essential to improving student achievement. Educator Quality begins with clear standards for educator practice. Improvement of achievement requires implementing strong practices in recruiting, developing, recognizing, and retaining talented and demonstrably successful staff in LEAs.

Requirements [PDF, 168KB]

Standards

The RI Framework includes the ASCA National Standards and Competencies for School Counseling Programs. These standards fall within the three following domains: academic, career, and personal/social.

ASCA Standards [PDF, 29.3KB]

Resources

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