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School Counselor Performance Standards

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board approved adoption of the School Counselor Performance Standards on March 5, 2021, as new business item 20-26. Hawaii State Approved Teacher Education Programs (SATEP) will incorporate these Performance Standards into their programs no later than of July 1, 2023. These new standards replace the existing Teacher Performance Standards for counselors renewing their licenses that expire on or after July 1, 2023. 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: Foundational Knowledge Standard 2: Core Theories and Concepts Standard 3: Instructional and School Counseling Interventions Standard 4: Student Learning Outcomes Standard 5: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs Standard 6: Professional Practice Standard 7: Ethical Practice Hawaii Counselor Performance Standards (PDF version)
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