The Role Of A School Counselor

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The role of a school counselor has taken on numerous descriptions in the last decade. Although the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and Texas Education Code (TEC) provide the basic roles and responsibilities of school counselors, every school district and even campus has modified that description to fit the needs of the campus. Every administrator, teacher, student, and counselor may provide a different explanation of the role that counselors play in education. Regardless of the role description or explanations provided by counselors themselves, the primary focus of a school counselor is to “fully develop each student’s academic, career, personal, and social abilities” (Tex. Educ. Code § 33.006).
The role of a school counselor can be both rewarding and challenging. One of the most challenging aspects of being a school counselor is managing multiple duties (K. Hancock, personal communication, August 19, 2014). K. Hancock is also the district testing coordinator, which according to the ASCA, is noted as being an inappropriate counseling duty. The role of a school counselor, in regards to testing, is to “interpret the results of these tests and to analyze them in conjunction with multiple measures of student achievement” (ASCA, 2005). During testing season, K. Hancock has to utilize her time planning and preparing for state assessments rather than focusing on primary counseling roles. During this time, she must extend her work hours to ensure she is able to
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