Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

The evaluation of school counseling interventions refers to measuring the impact of guidance activities (Tier 1),  small group counseling (Tier 2) and individual interventions (Tier 3) .

For example, if you run a small group for students that are at risk of dropping out then you will want to know the outcome of your hard work.  Determining how you will evaluate counseling interventions before they are implemented will help ensure best practices.  It is critical to first develop an action plan.  Go to Developing Action Plans to assist in this process.

Some readily available data tools that are used by many schools to track student behaviors can be utilized for both needs assessments and for perception or results data at the Tier 1 level.  Examples include your school report card, the Healthy Youth Survey, school discipline data, EZAnalyze data, or Skyward (WSIPC) data on attendance, discipline, and grades.


  • Student Activity Evaluation, Middle and High School Sample
  • Healthy Youth Survey
  • Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R)
  • The BASC-2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS)
  • WhyTry Pre/Post – WhyTry Website
  • Session and Outcomes Rating Scale
  • Children’s Hope Scale(CHS) (Page 419) – Measure of Hope and Positive thinking. Author(s): Snyder, C. R., Hoza, B., Pelham, W. E., Rapoff, J., Ware, L., Danovsky, M., Highberger, L., Rubinstein, H., & Stahl, K.
  • D.A.P. Developmental Asset Profile, The DAP measures the eight asset categories in a way that’s quickly administered and scored for individual and small groups, ages 11-18.  http://www.search-institute.org/survey-services/surveys/developmental-assets-profile

The resources listed are not exhaustive and do not constitute endorsement of a particular product or program by the State of Washington or the Washington School Counselors Association. Please email Danise Ackelson at danise.ackelson@k12.wa.us to suggest further resources.