The Ethics Standards Of Professional School Counselors Essays

990 Words Dec 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Assessment Instruments
According to the ASCA’s ethical standards, professional school counselors are to be knowledgeable of the “purposes, nature, results, reliability, validity, limitations, and appropriateness of any instrument” counselors utilize, while also being able to communicate all of those things to parents and students (Dollarhide & Saginak, 2017, p. 147). Therefore, when school counselors use various assessments such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, and personal observations, they should be able to use each of them to pull data that is relevant to the needs of students and in line with the overall mission of the school.
Surveys. One of the most cost effective and commonly used assessments are surveys. Surveys can be formal or informal in nature and are fairly simple to administer, whether on paper, online, or in person. When designing surveys, it is important to know if qualitative, quantitative, or mixed data would allow for you to best evaluate the needs of students (Sheperis, Young, & Daniels, 2016). With today’s technology, online surveys can easily be designed in various formats and are more likely to be disseminated to more people. Therefore, it is more likely that there will be a higher return rate, which will allow for more accurate data. Although Survey Monkey is a familiar online survey instrument that is fairly simple to use to design surveys for needs assessment; however, there are others that may be considered, such as Zoomerang.com,…

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