Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Program Goals define how the vision and mission will be accomplished, and guide the development of curriculum, small groups, and closing-the-gap action plans.


Effective Program Goals:

  • Promote Achievement, Attendance, Behavior, and/or School Safety
  • Are based on school data
  • Address school-wide data, policies and practices, or address closing-the-achievement-gap issues
  • Address development from the Academic, Career, and/or Social-Emotional Development domains


The “SMART” goal format (Doran,1981) provides a structure for helping school counselors identify and write program goals that encompass the critical points of good goal-writing: ┬áSpecific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Time-bound.