Degree Granting Department
Psychological and Social Foundations
Debra Osborn, Ph.D.
Yi-hsin Chen, Ph.D.
Herbert Exum, Ph.D.
Sarah Kiefer, Ph.D.
School Counseling, School Counselors, Accountability Measures, Accountability Practices
This study focused on school counselor accountability practices. The role of the
school counselor is changing and the need to be more accountable is now here. This study
attempted to answer several critical questions regarding school counselor accountability.
It examined the degree to which school counselors use accountability measures, to what
extent they believed certain accountability practices were deemed helpful to their school
counseling program, and what they believed their barriers were. Accountability is a “hot”
topic in present school counseling literature; but little research has been done up to this
point investigating these issues related to school counselor accountability nor school
counselors’ perceptions and beliefs about them. This study attempted to delve into those
perceptions and beliefs.
Participants were members of state school counseling associations from across the
United States. Three hundred seventy-five school counselors participated. Of those,
70.2% were currently using accountability practices. A total of 47.4% of the participants
report presently being required to implement accountability practices. The most
frequently reported barrier to accountability practices was that it was “too time
consuming.” The most frequently reported type of assistance desired from professional
organizations or university programs was training. Support was reported most frequently
as the type of assistance desired from school systems. Results from other analyses are
also included. Limitations, implications, and suggestions for further research are
Scholar Commons Citation
Topdemir, Cindy M., "School Counselor Accountability Practices: A National Study" (2010). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.