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MEASURE* – Counselors Using Data

While there are various methods for collecting and using data to show results of the counseling and guidance program, MEASURE is a six-step accountability process used in many Florida schools. Many schools have been trained in workshops sponsored by the Department of Education to use this process. Results from the Annual Online Guidance Report show that 59% districts report that they have either recommended or required that schools develop at least one MEASURE to show how school counseling has impacted students’ academic improvement.

MEASURE confirms the impact of the school counseling program on critical data, those components of the school report card that are the backbone of the accountability movement. MEASURE supports the accountability component of the ASCA National Model and moves school counselors from a “counting tasks” system to aligning the school counseling program with standards-based reform.

Student achievement data

Student achievement data measures students’ academic progress. Student achievement critical data fields include:
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Standardized tests scores (FCAT)
  • SAT and ACT scores
  • High school graduation rates
  • Promotion and retention rates at each grade level
  • Drop out rates
  • At or above grade/achievement level in reading, math, etc.
  • Percentage of students enrolling in postsecondary education
  • Percentage of students accessing dual enrollment courses

Achievement-related data

Achievement-related data measures those fields that research has shown to be correlated to academic achievement. These data fields include:
  • Course enrollment patterns (Honors, AP, IB, AICE, College level courses)
  • Attendance and truancy
  • Mobility/Transiency
  • Discipline referrals
  • Suspensions
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug violations
  • Parent or guardian participation
  • Homework completion rates
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities
  • ESE referrals

Disaggregate data

To disaggregate data, school counselors separate data by variables to see if there are any groups of students who may not be doing as well as others. These data often bring to light issues of equity and focuses the discussion on the needs of specific groups of students. Common fields include:
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Socio-economic status
  • Home language
  • Special education
  • Grade level
  • Teacher

MEASURE and SPARC process

The links below include a sample form for the MEASURE process and the SPARC**. Also listed are sample SPARCs. Any district or school can submit a MEASURE to be posted to this website. Please contact for more information.

* Carolyn Stone, University of North Florida and Carol Dahir, New York Institute of Technology

** adapted with permission from the Student Personnel Accountability Report Card sponsored by the California Department of Education and Los Angeles County Office of Education.