Research & Policies
Legislation Supporting School Counselors
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Taking a comprehensive, systemic approach, NOSCA's research is designed to help school counselors, administrators and policymakers work more effectively in their schools, districts, communities and states. NOSCA's work promotes equitable education access and the rigorous academic preparation necessary for college and career success for all students.
- True North (.pdf/12.2MB)
- Barriers and Supports (.pdf/8.70MB)
- 2012 Survey Overview (.pdf/6.01MB)
- 2012 National Survey Presentation (.pdf/6.02MB)
2012 National Survey of School Counselors
True North: Charting the Course to College and Career Readiness, supported by a supplemental survey of school administrators, provided powerful evidence that school counselors and their administrators know true north — and they are poised to chart the course of their students’ college and career success.
- Finding a Way (.pdf/3.20MB)
- A Closer Look at the Principal-Counselor Relationship (.pdf/1.52KB)
- Principal-Counselor Relationship Toolkit (.pdf/4.18MB)
Principal-School Counselor Relationships
An effective relationship between school principals and counselors is crucial to promoting school reform and improving academic outcomes. School principals provide leadership and direction. School counselors support this vision by helping all students and their families successfully attain rigorous academic preparation and navigate the sometimes confusing path to college and careers.
- Can Applying to More Colleges Increase Enrollment Rates? (.pdf/878KB)
- The CollegeKeys Compact™: Getting Into College: Postsecondary Academic Undermatch (.pdf/1MB)
- College Choice: Informing Students' Trade-Offs Between Institutional Price and College Completion (.pdf/1MB)
- The Role of High Schools in Students' Postsecondary Choices (.pdf/1.21MB)
Many of the policy research projects conducted by Advocacy & Policy Center researchers provide a foundation of empirical evidence on topics related to college counseling and related activities of school counselors. The research highlighted below addresses important facets of students’ college application decisions, how students and families might weigh the costs and benefits of different postsecondary alternatives, and how collegiate outcomes are related to the student decisions that school counselors are able to influence.