ERIC Number: ED474017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Counseling Services at Four Latino Plurality High Schools in the Chicago Public Schools.
Valdez, Virginia; Rodriguez, Jose E.
This study investigated the impact of school counseling services on students at four Latino plurality high schools in Chicago, Illinois. From 2001-2002, principals, counselors, and students at the four high schools completed surveys. A sub-group of diverse students completed focus groups, and counselors completed interviews. Findings from a total of 4,211 student surveys indicated that a significant percentage of counselors were not providing basic services to students. Findings varied by school, race/ethnicity, grade level, and grade point average (GPA). Asian and Caucasian students consistently received more services from their counselors than did students from the other racial/ethnic groups. Asian students received the most services, and Latino students and students of mixes ethnicity consistently received the least. Ninth graders consistently received the least amount of services from their counselors, while twelfth graders consistently received the most. Students who did not know their GPA received the least services from their counselor, and students with a GPA from 1.76-2.25 received the most services. Regardless of level of services, most students rated their school's counseling services as fair or good. Recommendations include that counselors be assigned to students from only one or two grade levels, schools find additional resources to hire more counselors, and the role of advisories be reexamined. (SM)
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Black Students, Dropout Rate, Grade Point Average, High School Students, Hispanic American Students, Public Schools, Racial Differences, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Urban Schools
Aspira Inc. of Illinois/Chicagoland Latino Educational Research Institute, 2435 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Tel: 773-252-0970; Fax: 773-252-0994; Web site: http://www.il.aspira.org/cleri.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Chicagoland Latino Research Institute at Aspira, Inc., IL.