Goals are an extension of the mission. Standards focus on the results students will achieve. In Nebraska, the goals/standards are called "Essential Learning," which are centered around three domains: academic development, career development, and personal/social development. The three domains are also known as learning, earning and living goals.
Local/State/National Standards Criteria
- Essential Learning/Goals/Standards have been written for the K-12 school counseling program
- Essential Learning/Goals/Standards reflect national, state, and local criteria
- Identifies a framework for organization of school counseling program lessons and activities
- Identifies the developmental structure for K-12 program and what is to be measured
Competencies are knowledge, attitudes, or skills that are observable and can be transferred from a learning situation to a real life situation and can have measurable results. Competencies are directly related to the Essential Learning/Goals/Standards in the school counseling program.
- Competencies directly relate to the 3 domains of academic, career, and personal/social development
- Developmentally appropriate student competencies are specified for each grade level
- Competency selection is based on data and are measurable or observable
- Competencies are a direct link in the relationship between the school counseling mission, the school districts educational mission and expected students results
Adapted from the ASCA National Model & the Nebraska School Counseling Guide