School Counselors Struggle To Keep Up With Case Loads

US News & World Report (9/17, Bidwell) reports on the issues facing high school counselors in the US and says that the national caseload average “remains nearly twice the recommended rate set by the American Counseling Association, with each counselor seeing 471 students on average.” The article adds that according to data provided by the ASCA, only Vermont and Wyoming “have ratios that meet the recommended case load of 250 students for each counselor.” The article notes that to make matters worse, as school districts eliminate positions, counselors are forced to not only “take on heavier case loads, but they are also expected to pitch in with other administrative and clerical duties.”