Model Academic Standards for School Counseling

 

The Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for School Counseling cover the three domains of academic, personal/social, and career development. These standards help answer the question "How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?"

 

Academic Development Domain

Content Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to successful learning in school and across the life span.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Demonstrate an understanding of and responsibility for self as a learner.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Acquire the skills for improving effectiveness as a learner.
  • Core Performance Standard 3: Demonstrate responsibility for achieving school success.

Content Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial postsecondary options, including college.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Apply the skills necessary to improve learning and make successful academic transitions.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Apply knowledge in establishing and achieving academic goals.

Content Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Understand how to relate school to life experiences.

 

Personal/Social Development Domain

Content Standard D: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self, others and individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Acquire and demonstrate self-awareness and self-acceptance as it relates to understanding oneself.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Acquire and demonstrate acceptable interpersonal skills as it relates to understanding oneself and others.

Content Standard E: Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Apply self-knowledge in the decision-making or goal setting process.

Content Standard F: Students will use safety and wellness skills.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Acquire and demonstrate self-management and responsibility for health promoting behavior.

 

Career Development Domain

Content Standard G: Students will acquire the self-knowledge necessary to make informed career decisions.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Develop the ability to make informed career decisions based on self-knowledge.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Develop positive interpersonal skills necessary to be effective in the world of work.
  • Core Performance Standard 3: Integrate personal growth and change into career development.
  • Core Performance Standard 4: Establish a balance between personal, leisure, community, learner, family, and work activities.

Content Standard H: Students will understand the relationship between educational achievement and career development.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Attain educational achievement and performance levels needed to reach personal and career goals.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Participate in ongoing, lifelong learning experiences to adapt to and excel in a diverse and changing economy.

Content Standard I: Students will employ career management strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.

  • Core Performance Standard 1: Create and manage an educational and career plan that matches career goals.
  • Core Performance Standard 2: Apply decision-making skills to career planning and development.
  • Core Performance Standard 3: Recognize how principles of equal opportunity, equity, respect, inclusiveness, and fairness affect career planning and management.
  • Core Performance Standard 4: Develop employability skills to gain, maintain, advance in, or transition to a new job or career.
  • Core Performance Standard 5: Access and use current and accurate career information in career planning.

Final Model Standards and Benchmarks
(Based on ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, American School Counselor Association, 2003.
Based on The National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee: National Career Development Guidelines, 2003.)


For questions about this information, contact Gregg Curtis (608) 266-2820
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