Guidance Counselors Rate School Performance Poorly in New College Board Study

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RSC Your College Prep Expert notes that in the 2011 National Survey of School Counselors, guidance counselors give high schools poor grades for college and career preparation. Fewer than one-third of counselors polled think schools successfully prepare students in most categories, including paying for college and the college application process.

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"RSC is a tremendous resource for families who need help preparing a college or career path for their children."

RSC Your College Prep Expert is disappointed but not surprised by the results of the College Board’s 2011 National Survey of School Counselors. The report, which polled 5,308 middle-school and high-school guidance counselors, concludes that counselors are an underutilized resource, and that a large majority of them do not believe their schools are successfully preparing students for college or careers.

Counselors were asked to rate school performance in a variety of subjects, including academic performance, college preparation, career readiness, the college application process and financial aid assistance. In most categories, fewer than one-third of counselors gave their schools positive reviews.

  •     76% of counselors say their school is not successful in connecting students to resources to pay for college
  •     69% do not believe schools promote an understanding of the college application and admissions process
  •     70% do not believe schools connect academic preparation to college and career choices

Perhaps most telling, 80% of counselors believe that getting a student ready for college or career should be a school’s chief function, but only 30% believe that these goals are actually their school’s main focus.

“Getting students ready for life after high school is RSC’s primary mission. Our Early Prep and Advanced Prep programs are designed to help students meet their college and career goals,” says Maura Kastberg, RSC’s Executive Director of Student Services.

The study also concludes that counselors don’t spend enough time counseling students or meeting their needs. Sixty-seven percent feel they spend too much time on administrative and other tasks to adequately prepare students for college and career.

RSC believes high-school teachers and counselors need to focus more heavily on college and career prep, a position backed by the statistics in the College Board survey. RSC specializes in a number of areas given poor marks by guidance counselors, including college preparation, career research, extracurricular activities, financial aid assistance, and the college application and admissions process.

"RSC is a tremendous resource for families who need help preparing a college or career path for their children." John Braat, Executive Director of Student Enrollment.

The 2011 National Survey of School Counselors was produced by the College Board Advocacy Center, Hart Research Associates and Civil Enterprises, with support from the Kresge Foundation. The study polled 1,327 middle-school and 3,981 high-school counselors.

RSC Your College Prep Expert launches nationwide December 5, 2011. Their counselors prepare students for college and career through an original online program of college research, SAT & ACT prep, financial aid assistance, and more. Founder Larry Schechter’s time-tested program has helped tens of thousands of students reach their educational goals. RSC Rewards Student Commitment.

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