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School Counseling Standards
Three sets of school counseling standards define the school counseling profession. These standards help school counselors develop, implement and assess their school counseling program to improve student outcomes.

Ethical Standards
The ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors serve as a guide for the ethical practices of all school counselors, supervisors/directors of school counseling programs and school counselor educators regardless of level, area, population served or membership in this professional association. ASCA also has Ethical Standards for School Counselor Education Faculty.

School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies
The ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies outline the mindsets and behaviors school counselors need to meet the rigorous demands of the school counseling profession and the needs of pre-K–12 students.

Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success
The "ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student" describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development. Each standard has corresponding grade-level competencies that are specific, measurable expectations that students attain as they make progress toward the standards. Use the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors database to search for grade-level competencies that support the standards. 

ASCA School Counselor Preparation Program Standards
The ASCA School Counselor Preparation Program Standards are a unified set of principles guiding school counselor preparation programs in training effective future school counselors in areas of professional practice and ethical behavior. The standards are intended to define the training of school counselors and ensure school counselors are prepared to implement school counseling programs and advocate on behalf of the profession.