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School Counselor Performance Standards

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board approved adoption of the School Counselor Performance Standards on April 22, 2012, as new business item 11-53 (PDF). Hawaii State Approved Teacher Education Programs (SATEP) incorporated these Performance Standards into their programs as of July 1, 2014. These new standards replace the existing Teacher Performance Standards for counselors renewing their licenses that expire on or after July 1, 2014. These standards align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and contain basic standards of practice expected from counselors.


The effective school counselor focuses on students’ long-term academic, career, and personal/social development; effective school counselor demonstrates the basic skills and dispositions to promote students’ autonomy, literacy, responsibility to self and others, and lifelong learning. With developmentally appropriate counseling and guidance, the ultimate goal is for students to become positive, courageous, confident, competent, and caring human beings. The educational system must develop citizens who can govern themselves and have a global perspective. The citizens must be flexible, resourceful and able to deal with open-endedness, complexity. The effective school counselor promotes students’ autonomy, literacy, responsibility to self and others, and lifelong learning through developmentally appropriate counseling and guidance.


School counselor performance standards (as established by ASCA) are:

Standard 1: Program Organization

Standard 2: School Guidance Curriculum Delivered to All Students

Standard 3: Individual Student Planning

Standard 4: Responsive Services

Standard 5: Systems Support

Standard 6: School Counselor and Administrator Agreement

Standard 7: Use of Data

Standard 8: Student Monitoring

Standard 9: Results Evaluation

Standard 10: Infusing Themes

Hawaii Counselor Performance Standards (PDF version)

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