Relevant Links

National Resources

American School Counselor Association
ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 13,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors. Publications on current and relevant research, practices, ethical standards and related problems are available to members.

The Education Trust
The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels- kindergarten through college. Specific emphasis is placed on closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth.

Education Trust Transforming School Counseling Initiative
This site provides information on the multi-stage, multi-year initiative designed to improve school counseling by focusing on the graduate-level preparation of school counselors.

The Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC)
SPARC is a continuous improvement public document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results. Find out how schools in different states define their student support services programs by reviewing their SPARC’s at this web site.

American Student Achievement Institute
The American Student Achievement Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on raising educational achievement for all students and closing achievement gaps between rural, minority and low-income students and their more advantaged peers.

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

NCES: High School Guidance Counseling
This site describes high school guidance programs, activities, and staff at U.S. public high schools during the 2001–02 school year. It provides national estimates on: the goals, plans, and features of guidance programs; the guidance activities engaged in by eleventh- and twelfth-grade students, the professional characteristics of guidance staff, and professional development of guidance counselors.

International Archive of Educational Data
The Archive acquires, processes, documents, and disseminates data collected by national, state or provincial, local, and private organizations, pertaining to all levels of education in countries for which data can be made available.

Research Methods Resources on the WWW
The site provides an abundance of research method resources from libraries and archives for students and working professionals world-wide.

State Education Departments
This site provides a national listing of links to all Departments of Education web sites.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The release of the 2003 National School Climate Survey sheds new light on the experiences of LGBT students in America’s schools.

National Leadership Cadre (NLC)
The National Leadership Cadre is dedicated to Nationwide implementation of comprehensive developmental school counseling programs that are focused on promoting life career development and student achievement, through partnerships between state government agencies, state school counseling associations and institutions of higher education.


State School Counseling Research Centers

The Washington School Research Center (WSRC) is an independent research and data analysis center within Seattle Pacific University. The Center’s mission is to conduct sound and objective research on student learning in the public schools, and to make the research findings available for educators, policy makers, and the general public for use in the improvement of schools.


The Center for Student Support Systems (CS3) at the University of San Diego is the leading resource in the country for action research and school counseling. Since 2000, graduate students in the School Counseling Program have been trained in the methods of action research and have put their skills to use in the local community through collaborative action research with practicing school counselors. To date, more than 40 collaborative action research projects have been completed involving counselors in more than 12 local school districts. Results of the projects have been shared annually at what has become the premier North American action research conference – the San Diego Action Research Conference. Established in 2004 by Prof. Lonnie Rowell, CS3’s Founding Director, the San Diego conference has grown from a school counseling focused event attended by USD graduate students and local counselors to a North American and international event focused on the multiple uses of action research in education, business, and community settings and attended each May by approximately 200 researchers, university faculty, public and private school teachers, counselors, school administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, and leaders and service providers from community-based organizations.

In 2009-2010, the center’s action research resources were combined with the resources of our school’s departments of Leadership Studies and Learning and Teaching and a new action research ‘home base’ was created.

The Iowa School Counseling Research Center is committed to the promotion of school counseling outcome research and best practices through the dissemination of information, knowledge and scientifically-based research. The SCRC supports and conducts field-based research in partnership with school districts and school counseling practitioners.


Massachusetts State Links

Massachusetts School Counselor Association
The Massachusetts School Counselors Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to work for the promotion, improvement and expansion of guidance and counseling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
This site contains news, legislation, policy, and resources for Massachusetts educators.

Massachusetts State Model
State model for Massachusetts school counseling programs based on the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and National Standards.

Massachusetts Education Watch
This document provides key educational facts and figures related to student achievement, attainment, and opportunity, from Elementary School through College. Prepared by the Education Trust.

Crosswalk Document
This document illustrates the intersection of the ASCA National Standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.


Other Resources

EZAnalyze and TimeTracker
EZAnalyze is a free software program that makes Excel easier to use to analyze data. Designed to facilitate School Counselors use of data to implement the ASCA National Model, the “Add in” works on both Macintosh and Windows-based computers. TimeTracker is another free software program. It is a macro-enable Excel workbook designed to perform note keeping and time-tracking functions, and generate reports for accountability and improved service to students. It works on both Macs and PCs but not Excel 2008.