• ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success
    K-12 College-, Career- and Life-Readiness Standards for Every Student
    Each of the following standards can be applied to the academic, career and social/emotional domains.

    Category 1: Mindset Standards

    School counselors encourage the following mindsets for all students.
    M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
    M 2. Sense of acceptance, respect, support and inclusion for self and others in the school environment
    M 3. Positive attitude toward work and learning
    M 4. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
    M 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
    M 6. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term success

    Category 2: Behavior Standards

    School counselors provide culturally sustaining instruction, appraisal and
    advisement, and counseling to help all students demonstrate:
    Learning Strategies Self-Management Skills Social Skills
    B-LS 1. Critical-thinking skills to make
    informed decisions

    B-SMS 1. Responsibility for self and

    B-SS 1. Effective oral and written
    communication skills and
    listening skills

    B-LS 2. Creative approach to learning,
    tasks and problem solving

    B-SMS 2. Self-discipline and self-control B-SS 2. Positive, respectful and supportive
    relationships with students who are
    similar to and different from them

    B-LS 3. Time-management, organizational
    and study skills

    B-SMS 3. Independent work B-SS 3. Positive relationships with adults to

    support success

    B-LS 4. Self-motivation and self- direction
    for learning

    B-SMS 4. Delayed gratification for
    long-term rewards

    B-SS 4. Empathy

    B-LS 5. Media and technology skills to
    enhance learning

    B-SMS 5. Perseverance to achieve long-
    and short-term goals

    B-SS 5. Ethical decision-making and social

    B-LS 6. High-quality standards for tasks
    and activities

    B-SMS 6. Ability to identify and overcome

    B-SS 6. Effective collaboration and
    cooperation skills

    B-LS 7. Long- and short-term academic,
    career and social/emotional goals

    B-SMS 7. Effective coping skills B-SS 7. Leadership and teamwork skills to
    work effectively in diverse groups

    B-LS 8. Engagement in challenging

    B-SMS 8. Balance of school, home and
    community activities

    B-SS 8. Advocacy skills for self and others and
    ability to assert self, when necessary

    B-LS 9. Decision-making informed by
    gathering evidence, getting
    others’ perspectives and
    recognizing personal bias

    B-SMS 9. Personal safety skills B-SS 9. Social maturity and behaviors
    appropriate to the situation and

    B-LS 10. Participation in enrichment and
    extracurricular activities

    B-SMS 10. Ability to manage transitions
    and adapt to change

    B-SS 10. Cultural awareness, sensitivity and

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    Resources Used in Development of ASCA Student Standards (2021)
    The following documents were the primary resources that informed ASCA Student Standards.

    Document Organization Description
    ACT National Career Readiness

    ACT Offers a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level
    of workplace employability skills in applied mathematics, locating information
    and reading for information.

    Building Blocks For Change:
    What it Means to be Career

    Career Readiness Partner

    Defines what it means to be career-ready and highlights the outcome of
    collaborative efforts of the Career Readiness Partner Council to help inform
    policy and practice in states and communities.

    Career and Technical Education

    National Board of
    Professional Teaching

    Defines the standards that lay the foundation for the Career and Technical
    Education Certificate.

    Cross Disciplinary Proficiencies
    in the American Diploma Project

    Achieve Describes four cross disciplinary proficiencies that will enable high school
    graduates to meet new and unfamiliar tasks and challenges in college, the
    workplace and life.

    Framework for 21st Century

    Partnership for 21st Century

    Describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed
    in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise
    and literacies.

    ISTE Standards for Students International Society for
    Technology in Education

    Describes the standards students need to be prepared to thrive in a constantly
    evolving technological landscape.

    Social Justice Standards:
    A Framework for Anti-bias

    Learning for Justice Presents anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes that allow
    educators to engage a range of anti-bias, multicultural and social justice

    Social and Emotional Learning
    Core Competencies

    CASEL Identifies five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral
    competencies through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply
    the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage
    emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others,
    establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

    Teaching Adolescents to Become

    Learners: The Role of Non-
    Cognitive Factors in Shaping

    School Performance

    The University of Chicago
    Consortium on Chicago
    School Research

    Presents a critical literature review of the role of noncognitive factors in
    shaping school performance.

    What is “Career Ready”? ACTE Defines what it means to be career-ready, involving three major skill areas:
    core academic skills, employability skills, and technical and job-specific

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