School Counselor-to-Student Ratios


The American School Counselor Association (2007) recommends an ideal counselor/student ratio of 1 to 250. The Department of Public Instruction acknowledges the recommended ratio of counselors-to-students established by the American School Counselor Association. The United States Department of Education also prescribes a counselor/student ratio of 1 to 250 as found in ESEA/NCLB Subpart 2 Section 5421 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs. Pupil Services: A Resource and Planning Guide [Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1995] recommends a ratio of 1 to 400 for grades K-6 and the recommended ratio for grades 7-12 is 1 to 250-300. The national average is actually 490, according to data from the State Non-fiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey. The counselor/student ratio for Wisconsin during the 2007-08 school year was 1 to 454. Click on the following links to view national ratios:



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