The heavy caseloads of school counselors haven’t gotten much lighter in the past decade, even as schools are under pressure to deliver quality advice and guidance on a growing range of issues.by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the American School Counselor Association conducted the study, drawing from federal data, shows that the national average student-counselor ratio was 482 to 1 in 2014-15, the most recent year for which data are available. The most recent numbers represent an improvement over the previous year: In 2013-14, there were 491 students for every counselor, the highest ratio in the 10-year period that’s the focus of the report. In 2004-05, the average ratio was 479 to 1.
The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of no more than 250 students for each counselor, but only three states—New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wyoming—reported that level of staffing in the new study.
A version of this article appeared in the February 14, 2018 edition of Education Week as School Counseling