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ERIC Number: EJ880396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2409
Why Evaluation Matters: Determining Effective School Counseling Practices
Dimmitt, Carey
Professional School Counseling, v12 n6 p395-399 Aug 2009
Why does evaluation matter so much in school counseling? Most importantly, when school counselors evaluate their interventions and programs, they can be more certain that what they are doing is making a difference for their students. School counselors have a professional responsibility to show that what they are doing is effective. With evaluation there is a clearer picture of what works and what needs to be done differently. There is more clarity about the outcomes of their efforts. Additionally, evaluation results demonstrate the impact and value of their work to key stakeholders such as parents, administrators, and school boards, which can help justify resources for school counseling programs. The impetus to demonstrate accountability through evaluation is reflected in current education initiatives and funding. The U.S. Department of Education states that evaluation is crucial in all educational efforts, and that it informs project activities and practices, justifies expenditure of funds, enhances administrative planning and policymaking, assures that project objectives have been met, provides evidence for program achievements, monitors program implementation, notes unintended consequences, informs allocation of resources, and identifies problems and costs. Perhaps most importantly, the country holds the premise that every child deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful education. School counselors have the ethical imperative of ensuring that their work contributes in substantial ways toward making it possible for all students to succeed. Ultimately, evaluation helps them to do their best work, with the greatest impact, most efficiently. In this article, the author discusses the different types of evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A