WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMTV) On Tuesday, more than 40 Wisconsin school counselors are marching in Madison to bring awareness to school safety, students' mental health, and more. It's part of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association's annual Afternoon on the Hill event.
Counselors will be sharing important stats and testimonials describing the impact comprehensive school counseling programs have on students.
In a press release from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association, it highlighted a few of the schools that are representing the Wisconsin and the topics that will be shared.
• The school counseling program at EP Rock Elementary in Hudson decreased office referrals of transfer students and/or new kindergartners by 46%.
• Wilson Elementary School in the Neenah Joint School District’s school counseling program provided targeted interventions for economically disadvantaged students increasing the attendance rate from 92.37% to 93.77%.
• Thanks to targeted programming by the Kettle Moraine High School counseling department the percentage of favorable responses from students reporting positive relationships with staff increased from 91.2% to 94.7%, since the initial measurement of 81.3% in 2015.
• Burlington High School counselors decreased the average number of failed classes per credit deficient sophomore from 4.7 to 2.05 through targeted comprehensive programming.
In January, NBC15's Amy Pflugshaupt shared a special report on how school counselors are on the front lines and how their changing role is vital to the develop of student. Read that special report here: On the front lines: The changing role of school counselors
One of the biggest issues facing school counselors is there are not enough to address the growing demands of students. The national average is about 464 students per counselor and in Wisconsin that ratio is 1:459. However, that's nearly double the recommended guidelines from the American School Counselor Association which recommends one counselor for every 250 students. This is an issue facing a number of schools in Southern Wisconsin.