School Counselor Social Advocacy Scale
The School Counselor Social Advocacy Scale (SCSAS) is an 18 item measurement tool that was developed in order to gain insight into how School Counselors view the importance ( alpha = .894) of social advocacy behaviors outlined by the American School Counselor Association and the Education Trust. The instrument also explores how supported (alpha = .936) they feel in engaging those behaviors alongside of reports of actual engagement (alpha= .891) intensity.
As practitioners, we know how important engaging in certain behaviors can be, but we often feel unsupported in that process. This instrument allows for practitioner use as a self-assessment or as a district wide assessment to see how districts can best support counselors in their work aligned with national standards of practice (e.g. ASCA).
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The MSBRS-R (Rathey, nd) was originally developed in 2014 out of a need for a measurement tool that aligned with practical areas of focus in school related success. The American School Counselor Association developed the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career Readiness Standards for every student (ASCA, 2014). These standards were published in 2014 in response to the growing need for streamlined standards that addressed recent research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research; specifically highlighted in the document, “Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners” (2012). The intention of the ASCA (2014) was to provide school counselors with a framework within which to develop strategies and even programs to “help students achieve to their highest potential” (ASCA, 2014, np). It is important to note that though the instrument is based on school counseling standards, the behavioral stems can be addressed through academic and social/behavioral intervention across professionals in the school setting.
The development of standards was a tremendous step toward aiding in the fine-tuned development of programming; however, these standards did not come with a measurement system that aligns. The MSBRS-R was created with the aim of providing school-based professionals a measurement tool to gain insight into where the intervention should focus on all tiers on intervention at any individual school. The current instrument is written specifically for grades 6-12 and can be modified to fit K-5 development and reading levels.
In addition, this measurement tool is aligned with ASCA guidelines, CT Student Success Plans and the Common Core. Each item is crosswalked in order to demonstrate the clear alignment.