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Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling

A Manual for Practice
By: Brett Zyromski, Melissa A. Mariani

A Joint Publication of the American School Counselor Association

Shift to a data-driven school counseling model with visual guides and checklists, examples of successful counseling program evolution, guidance on RAMP applications, and online resources.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506323114
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: March 02, 2016

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Counselors make a difference—and now you can prove it.

As students’ needs change, dedicated school counselors have been evolving their practice. You see the results every day, on the faces of the at-risk students you serve. To meet accountability standards, though, you need more than faces: You need data the number-crunchers can understand.

With this user-friendly manual, make the shift to evidence-based practices and interventions in a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program based on ASCA’s national model—while keeping the personal nature of your work intact. The book includes

  • Visual guides and checklists for every step of the process
  • Examples of successful counseling program evolution
  • Guidance on developing and submitting a successful Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) application
  • Supporting documents in an online resource center

Ensure that school counseling is recognized as an essential part of school improvement and students’ academic success by using this unique and innovative model.

"Provides realistic examples, clear templates, and step-by-step strategies that ease the stress of what is often seen as an overwhelming process."
Judith Bookhamer, Executive Director
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association

"Provides succinct and straight-forward tools to assist school counselors in marrying data-based decision-making practices with evidence-based counseling to create successful outcomes. This is a school counselor's dream!"
Franciene Sabens, Professional School Counselor
Chester High School, Chester, IL

"Starting with creating mission and vision statements and ending with advocacy efforts, the authors outline specific ways school counselors can integrate evidence-based interventions in their programming to positively impact student outcomes."
Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater



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Brett Zyromski

Brett Zyromski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. His scholarship focuses on the impact of evidence-based interventions in school counseling, evidence-based school counselor education, and evaluation in school counseling. Dr. Zyromski is co-founder and co-chair of the national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. He is also involved with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as a Lead Recognized-ASCA-Model-Program Reviewers (LRR’s) and has served as a trainer of the ASCA National Model for the ASCA. Dr. Zyromski has served as project manager for $5,541,223 worth of federal and state grants.

Dr. Zyromski has published over twenty articles related to school counseling issues, delivered over 65 international, national, regional, and local presentations and served as state conference keynote multiple times. Dr. Zyromski has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Professional School Counseling Journal and has been recognized for numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2015 Kentucky School Counselor Association Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor, the 2014 Illinois School Counselor Association Friend of ISCA, the 2010 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Professional Leadership Award, the 2010 Illinois School Counseling Association Presidential Award, and the 2008 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Professional Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Chapter 1. The Process


The ASCA National Model and Evidence-Based, Data-Driven Comprehensive School Counseling


Chapter 2. Assessing the Situation

Purpose of Assessing the Situation

Assessing the Situation

School Improvement Plan

Achievement or Achievement-Related Data: School Report Card

Needs Assessments

Combining the Assessment Pieces

Fulfilling Components of RAMP

Chapter 3. Setting Goals

Purpose of Setting Goals

Data-Driven Decision-Making

A Final Note on Data: Data Collected Annually

Using a Logic Model

Drilling Down: Global Versus Specific Data

Setting Goals: Who and What but Not How—Yet

Using SMART Goals Template

Fulfilling Components of RAMP

Chapter 4. Beliefs, Mission, and Vision




Fulfilling Components of RAMP

Chapter 5. Interventions

Purpose of Intentional Interventions

Why Evidence-Based Interventions?

Evidence-Based Interventions Matrix

Implement With Fidelity

Refine Goals: State Interventions as a Subparagraph to the Goal

Illustrating Goals and Interventions in Logic Model

Organizing Interventions Using Umbrellas

Fulfilling Components of RAMP

Chapter 6. Evaluation and Evolution

Purpose of Evaluation and Evolution

Designing Evaluation

About Pre- and Post-Assessments

Creating Baselines

Organizing Data: Excel Spreadsheets



A Complete Logic Model

Fulfilling Components of RAMP

Chapter 7. Disseminating Results and Sustaining the Program

Purpose of Sustaining the Program

Advertising and Disseminating Information

Flashlights: Trish Hatch

Adding Components Into the School Improvement Plan

Fulfilling Components of RAMP







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