Saturday, January 7, 2012

SMART Results-Oriented School Counseling Program Goals

I am presenting to the other elementary counselors in my district how to write SMART Results Oriented Program Goals so I thought I would share a few samples. To apply to be a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) your program needs to be based on goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results oriented and relevant and Time-bound. They need to be written in terms of how students will be different as a result of the counseling program. The formula for writing this type of goals is By (who)___ will gain/increase/reduce (what) ___ (an attainable amount) (when) on/by ___. Examples: Reduce student bullying behavior by 10% in school as measured by bullying reports for the school year. Students knowledge of career paths and education requirements for occupations will increase by 15% after classroom lessons taught by the counselors and participation in the career fair. SMART goals are increasingly becoming part of a counselor's evaluation so it is important that we start incorporating them into our action plans for program improvement.

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