Wisconsin - School Counseling—elementary grade levels (K-8): Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).

Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01 School district standards.

(e) Guidance and counseling services. Each school district board shall provide a program of guidance and counseling services for all pupils, which meets all of the following requirements:

    1. The school district shall maintain a school board approved plan for the provision of a program of guidance and counseling services.
    1. The program shall be developmentally based and available to every pupil in every grade of the school district.
    1. The program shall be:
      • a. Systematically planned by licensed school counselors in collaboration with other licensed pupil services staff, teachers, parents and community health and human service professionals.
      • b. Provided by licensed school counselors in collaboration with other licensed pupil services staff, teachers, parents and community health and human service professionals.
    1. The program shall provide developmentally appropriate educational, vocational, career, personal and social information to assist pupils in problem solving and in making decisions.
    1. The program shall include pupil appraisal, post-secondary planning, referral, research and pupil follow-up activities.

Wisconsin Statutes 121.02 School district standards

(a)

    1. Ensure that every teacher, supervisor, administrator and professional staff member holds a certificate, license or permit to teach issued by the department before entering on duties for such position.
    1. Subject to s. 118.40 (8) (b) 1., 2., and 3., ensure that all instructional staff of charter schools located in the school district hold a license or permit to teach issued by the department. For purposes of this subdivision, a virtual charter school is located in the school district specified in s. 118.40 (8) (a) and a charter school established under s. 118.40 (3) (c) 1. c. is located in the school district specified in s. 118.40 (3) (c) 1. c. The state superintendent shall promulgate rules defining “instructional staff” for purposes of this subdivision.
    1. Ensure that an individual who provides instruction in a subject and level through an online course offered from another state to pupils enrolled in a school in the school district holds a valid license or permit to teach the subject and level in the state from which the online course is provided.

(b) Annually, establish with school board employees a professional staff development plan designed to meet the needs of individuals or curriculum areas in each school.

(c) Provide interventions or remedial reading services for a pupil in grades kindergarten to 4 if any of the following occurs:

    1. The pupil fails to meet the reading objectives specified in the reading curriculum plan maintained by the school board under par. (k).
    1. The pupil fails to score above the state minimum performance standard on the reading test under par. (r) and:
      • a. A teacher in the school district and the pupil’s parent or guardian agree that the pupil’s test performance accurately reflects the pupil’s reading ability; or
      • b. A teacher in the school district determines, based on other objective evidence of the pupil’s reading comprehension, that the pupil’s test performance accurately reflects the pupil’s reading ability.
    1. The pupil’s reading assessment under s. 118.016 indicates that the pupil is at risk of reading difficulty. If this subdivision applies, the interventions or services provided the pupil shall be scientifically based and shall address all areas in which the pupil is deficient in a manner consistent with the state standards in reading and language arts.

(d) Operate a 5-year-old kindergarten program, except in union high school districts.

(e) Provide guidance and counseling services.

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