State Board Approves Comprehensive School Counseling Programs

Posted: April 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved Policy 2315 Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (CSCP) at its monthly meeting in Charleston. This policy sets the requirements for PreK-12 comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling programs for schools in West Virginia that reflect the American School Counselor Association National Standards for School Counseling Programs model. Under the policy, schools must implement a three-tier model including universal prevention for all students, targeted interventions for at-risk students and intensive interventions for the most at-risk students. The policy also requires schools to design and deliver a program engaging school staff and relevant community stakeholders to fully support each student through academic and learning development; career and life planning; and personal and social development to prepare all students to be college and career ready in a global society.

Board members gave the thumbs up to the new policy's paradigm shift which focuses more on defining the program and student outcomes by replacing the current program standards with new West Virginia Student Success Standards. Schools will intentionally and systematically address the identified essential skills, knowledge and dispositions to support each student in achieving school success and preparing for postsecondary success. "School counseling programs are an integral part of the state's education goals," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "They help assure a nurturing and orderly, safe, drug-free, violence and harassment free learning environment so that every West Virginia student can achieve academic success."

The revised policy was up for public comment for 30 days and responses were taken under consideration during the board meeting. The updated policy can be found at http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=25659&Format=PDF. In addition to the approval of Policy 2315 (effective July 1), five policies are up for comment until May 12:

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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