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Chapter 2: Characteristics of Schools

Indicator 10: High School Guidance Counseling

In 2009, a higher percentage of Asian 9th-graders (60 percent) than Black (44 percent), Hispanic (41 percent), and American Indian/Alaska Native 9th- graders (29 percent) had school counselors who reported that their school's primary counseling program goal was helping students plan and prepare for postsecondary education.

In 2009, school counselors of a nationally representative sample of 9th-graders reported on the primary goals of their school counseling programs. About 48 percent of 9th-graders had counselors who reported that the counseling program's primary goal was helping students plan and prepare for postsecondary education, and 35 percent had counselors who reported that the primary goal was helping students improve their achievement in high school. No measurable differences were found between male and female 9th-graders (overall or within racial/ethnic groups) for either of the primary counseling goals.

A higher percentage of Asian 9th-graders (60 percent) than Black (44 percent), Hispanic (41 percent), and American Indian/Alaska Native 9th-graders (29 percent) had counselors who reported in 2009 that the primary counseling program goal was helping students plan and prepare for postsecondary education. Among male 9th-graders, higher percentages of Asians (56 percent) and Whites (51 percent) than Hispanics (38 percent) attended schools in which the counseling program's primary goal was postsecondary planning and preparation. For females, a higher percentage of Asian than Hispanic 9th-graders (64 vs. 44 percent) attended schools in which the counseling program's primary goal was postsecondary planning and preparation.

The percentage of 9th-graders whose counselors reported in 2009 that the primary counseling program goal was helping students improve their achievement in high school was higher for Hispanics (45 percent) than for students of two or more races (34 percent), Asians (30 percent), Whites (30 percent), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (23 percent). Similar racial/ethnic patterns were also observed for male 9th-graders. For females, a higher percentage of Hispanic 9th-graders (42 percent) than White (30 percent) and Asian (27 percent) 9th-graders attended schools in which the counseling program's primary goal was improving students' high school achievement.


Figure 10-1 Percentage of 9th-graders whose school counselors reported that the primary goal of the school counseling program was helping students plan and prepare for postsecondary education, by race/ethnicity and sex: 2009

Figure 10-2 Percentage of 9th-graders whose school counselors reported that the primary goal of the school counseling program was helping students improve their achievement in high school, by race/ethnicity and sex: 2009

Table E-10-1 Percentage of 9th-graders whose school counselors reported selected factors as the primary goal of the school counseling program, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2009


  
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