Conducting a school counseling needs assessment is an imperative step in running a successful counseling program. Ideally, the school counselors have all students (and staff) participate in a Needs Assessment at the beginning and end of each school year to identify what students perceived as needs in relation to school counseling program standards. End of Year Results will established if areas of high needs identified at the beginning of the year were met by the interventions directed toward the identified needs. WV'sprogram standards are the WV Student Success Standards. The needs assessment below is based on the ASCA Standards and a revision to align with the WVSSS is currently underway. However, these assesments are valid and will provide usable data in relation to students' perception of their needs.
The student needs assessments are available at the following links:
To obtain a copy of the results for your school, please contact Dr. Barb Brady via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note you will receive raw data which must be analyzed based on the needs and criteria you deem important.
The data will be in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Each row represents one student taking the survey and each column represents one criterion (which is shown in the first row in bold). The criteria are either statements or concerns. Statements are complete sentences and concerns are sentence fragments.
Each data item is a number 1-5. For statements, 1 means the student strongly agrees with the statement and 5 means the student strongly disagrees with the statement. For concerns, 1 means the student feels strongly he/she has concerns in this area and 5 means the student feels strongly he/she does NOT have concerns in this area.
Some general tutorials on how to create pivot tables to analyze your data in Excel are available here and here. If you have trouble analyzing your data after viewing the tutorials, please contact your school or county IT person.
Here are some additional resources and samples of other needs assessments that you may find helpful.
Needs Assessment and Thick Skin http://schoolcounselorscrapbook.blogspot.com/2012/05/needs-assessments-and-thick-skin.html How to not personalize the results of a needs assessment, but rather use the data to improve the school counseling programs and services to students.
School Counseling Needs Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions - http://www.thehelpfulcounselor.com/school-counseling-needs-assessment/
WVDE Federal Programs - Conducting and Utilizing Comprehensive Needs Assessments