Delaware - School Counseling—secondary grade levels (9-12): Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

Delaware Administrative Code 14-545 K to 12 School Counseling Programs.

1.0  Definitions

  • "American School Counselor Association (ASCA)" means the national organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
  • "ASCA National Model" means a framework for implementing a comprehensive, data driven school counseling program. The model identifies K-12 College- and Career- Readiness Standards for every student in the domains of academic, career and social/emotional development. The model is made up of four components: Foundation, Delivery, Management and Accountability.

19 DE Reg. 305 (10/01/15)

2.0  Local School District Written Counseling Programs and Written Plans

  • 2.1 Every school in each district shall implement a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Model.
  • 2.2 Every school in each district shall have a written plan, using the model templates provided by the Department, for the school counseling program that:
    • 2.2.1 Is implemented by a school counselor certified in accordance with the applicable Professional Standards Board regulations.
    • 2.2.2 Utilizes nationally recognized student standards as defined by the ASCA National Model.
    • 2.2.3 Aligns vertically K-12 within the district.
    • 2.2.4 Contains all four components of the ASCA National Model:
      • The Foundation component, which consists of vision and mission statements, program goals and student and professional competencies.
      • The Management component, which utilizes assessments and tools to develop, implement and evaluate the school counseling program.
      • The Delivery component, which focuses on the implementation of the school counseling program through direct and indirect student services.
      • The Accountability component, which ensures regular analysis of data to determine program effectiveness in measureable terms and inform program decisions.
    • 2.2.5 Is on file at the district office and in the school.
    • 2.2.6 Is reviewed annually and updated as needed by the school counselor in collaboration with the building administrator and district supervisor.

3 DE Reg. 1546 (5/1/00)
8 DE Reg. 1606 (5/1/05)
14 DE Reg. 29 (07/01/10)
19 DE Reg. 305 (10/01/15)

3.0  Reporting Requirements and Timelines

  • 3.1 Annually, by August 15, every district shall electronically submit their schools' plans to the Department. The plans shall reflect any updates pursuant to 2.2.6 above.
  • 3.2 The Department may periodically monitor for alignment to the requirements in 2.0.

14 DE Reg. 29 (07/01/10)
19 DE Reg. 305 (10/01/15)

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