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

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Texas Statutes Education Code 33.006 School Counselors; General Duties

(a) The primary responsibility of a school counselor is to counsel students to fully develop each student’s academic, career, personal, and social abilities.

(b) In addition to a school counselor’s responsibility under Subsection (a), the school counselor shall:

  • (1) participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance program to serve all students and to address the special needs of students:

    • (A) who are at risk of dropping out of school, becoming substance abusers, participating in gang activity, or committing suicide;

    • (B) who are in need of modified instructional strategies; or

    • (C) who are gifted and talented, with emphasis on identifying and serving gifted and talented students who are educationally disadvantaged;

  • (2) consult with a student’s parent or guardian and make referrals as appropriate in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian;

  • (3) consult with school staff, parents, and other community members to help them increase the effectiveness of student education and promote student success;

  • (4) coordinate people and resources in the school, home, and community;

  • (5) with the assistance of school staff, interpret standardized test results and other assessment data that help a student make educational and career plans;

  • (6) deliver classroom guidance activities or serve as a consultant to teachers conducting lessons based on the school’s guidance curriculum; and

  • (7) serve as an impartial, nonreporting resource for interpersonal conflicts and discord involving two or more students, including accusations of bullying under Section 37.0832.

(c) Nothing in Subsection (b)(7) exempts a school counselor from any mandatory reporting requirements imposed by other provisions of law.


Texas Statutes Education Code 33.005 Developmental Guidance and Counseling Programs

A school counselor shall work with the school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate a developmental guidance and counseling program. The school counselor shall design the program to include:

  • (1) a guidance curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential, including the student’s interests and career objectives;

  • (2) a responsive services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the student’s continued educational, career, personal, or social development at risk;

  • (3) an individual planning system to guide a student as the student plans, monitors, and manages the student’s own educational, career, personal, and social development; and

  • (4) system support to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.

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