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The Learning Conference 2003

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Do School Counselors Make a Difference in Student Academic Achievement? : Empirical Evidence of What Works and What Doesn't Work

Dr Paul De Sena.

A survey study was successful in identifying the extent to which school counseling services exist in the 100 "worst" and 100 "best" academic achieving schools in the Los Angeles, California Unified School District. The survey included comparitive elementary, middle and high schools. The schools were identified using the 1997 Stanford 9 achievement test results and compared again on the 1998-2001 administrations of the Stanford 9. The primary objective of this study was to empirically demonstrate that school counseling services are one of the significant factors contributing to student's academic achievement from kindergarten through high school. The empirical evidence, demonstrating that school counseling services do contribute significantly to student academic achievement, will prove to be valuable in our efforts to increase accountability and achievement in our lowest academically performing schools.


Dr Paul De Sena  (United States)
Professor/Coordinator Counselor Education
School of Education
Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Paul De Sena, is a professor and Coordinator of Counselor Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a licensed Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist,nationally Certified School Psychologist and Cedentialed School Counselor and Teacher. Recipient of the 1999 H.B. McDaniel Individual Achievement Award and the 2000 Clarion Modell Distinguished Service Award by the California Assoc. for Counseling and Devlopment. Recently the 2002 Outstanding Mentorship Award by the Western Assoc. for Counselor Educators and Supervisors.

  • School counseling services
  • Stanford 9 achievement test
  • Academic performance
  • Priority needs of students
  • Survey questionnaire
  • Counselor-student ratio
  • Guidance activities
  • Ccounseling
  • Preventative counseling

(30 min Conference Paper, English)