Role of school counselor in assessment
The school counselors had always possessed a great role in the developmental activities of students in the context of academy and in the academic mission of the school. However it is noticed that in many schools they are performing some secondary duties like test coordinators, classroom teachers, and even in some cases as a gate keeper in order to support the school and hence the major obligation of a school counselor is neglected. The real mission of the school counselor is to facilitate students for their educational accomplishments by their counseling and instructing low grade students (Galassi, Akos, 2007). The duties of school counselor are set to target underachieving students. The students of low grades are selected to provide counseling in order to improve their performance in their academic activities. Test coordinator is a secondary activity that is assigned to school counselor under the no child left behind initiative which is found an incompatible one with his assumed responsibilities. It is noticed that this duty has been negatively affecting the role of school counselor in a way that it affects their relationship with students and staff and so I am writing the letter to the head of the school to eliminate this responsibility from the job description of school counselors (BAKER, GERLER JR, 2008).
I am writing this letter to request for some changes in the duties of school counselor. I am grateful to you for your step towards the modification of the role of school counselor. The entire school counselors are agreed upon excluding the role of test coordinator from our responsibilities as it is negatively influencing our responsibilities and the essence of school counseling is also lost.
I shall be thankful to you if you take our request under consideration.
Team of school counselors
Galassi John P., Akos Patrick, 2007. Strengths-based school counseling: promoting student development and achievement.
BAKER STANLEY B., GERLER JR EDWIN R., 2008. SCHOOL COUNSELING FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. Prentice Hall.