CA Standards for the School Counseling Profession
The California Standards for the School Counseling Profession
The 2023 edition of the California Standards for the School Counseling Profession (Standards) is presented with pride by the board of directors of the California Association of School Counselors, in collaboration with a committed team of professionals who devoted the past year to in-depth discussions and analysis, culminating in the creation of these standards.
Several changes in California’s legislative landscape have paved the way for the establishment of these Standards. In 2019 the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) updated the Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credential Standards.
Likewise, the recent publication of several documents reflects the evolving role of school counselors. “Best Practice: Guidelines for California School Counselors” laid the groundwork in 2019, followed by “Fostering the Whole Child: A Guide to School-Based Mental Health Professionals” in 2020.
These Standards were written with the keen awareness that educational inequalities disproportionately affect students from historically marginalized backgrounds, such as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and those with lower socioeconomic statuses. These students are consistently over-represented in discipline statistics and tend to exhibit significantly lower graduation rates, as documented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2021 and 2023, as well as the National Center for Education Statistics in 2019. Additionally, other marginalized and historically underserved groups such as LGBTQI+, English Learners, students with special needs, youth in foster care, and youth experiencing homelessness require consistent advocacy. The Standards are intended to recognize these historical inequities when referencing “all” students.
Finally, the Standards embody the collective wisdom of industry specialists from across California. This cadre of professionals evaluated evidence-based methodologies and best practices with the overarching goal of crafting a blueprint to address the multifaceted needs of students while aligning with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
California Standards for the School Counseling Profession - Rubric
This rubric is a tool for assessing a practitioner's proficiency within 19 key elements. Ratings range from Emerging (basic understanding) to Accomplished (competent) to Distinguished (exceptional). This tool helps gauge a counselor's effectiveness in these areas in order to guide professional growth and development. A "No Activity" rating may indicate a need for improvement or further training. Download a copy of the rubric.
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