Program Evaluation

Evaluation Procedures

To achieve accountability, evaluation is needed concerning the nature, structure, organization and implementation of the district counseling program; the school counselors and other personnel who are implementing the programs; and the impact the programs are having on students, the schools where they learn, and the communities in which they live.  Thus, the overall evaluation of the district counseling program needs to be approached from three perspectives: program evaluation, personnel evaluation, and results evaluation.

Program Evaluation

A counseling program evaluation asks two questions.  First, is there a written counseling program in the school district?  Second, is the written counseling program the actual implemented program in the buildings of the district?  To conduct a program evaluation, program standards are required.  Program standards are acknowledged measures of comparison or the criteria used to make judgments about the adequacy of the nature and structure of the program as well as the degree to which the program is in place.  To make judgments about counseling programs using standards and indicators, evidence is needed concerning whether or not the standards are being met.