Data is helpful for evaluating lessons, content, and gained knowledge. Having the results report for each core curriculum lesson helps streamline the lesson’s content to student achievement, behavior, or attendance. Given that MSGA is one grade level and consists of one full time and one part time counselor for magnet students, it affects the way in which we deliver core curriculum lessons. Until we are able to secure two full time counselors, the most effective way to deliver lessons is through advisement which takes place most Wednesdays for 45 minutes. At this time, school counseling core curriculum lessons are delivered to every student by their advisement teacher. As a result of this model, perception data for some lessons is collected from pre/post questions written on the board for comparison. Other data is collected from completed activities. Nevertheless, we realized the need to collect more concrete pre/post assessments that will render a clearer picture of students’ perceptions. We look forward to incorporating those next school year.
Our advisement model instructs teachers to collect perception data by writing pre/post questions on the board, such as the PBIS being balanced lesson. This resulted in having to create a scale to convert answers from qualitative to quantitative data. Although this format is more convenient for teachers and adequate for some lessons, it is not the most accurate way to collect data. Therefore, we will work toward incorporating electronic pre/post assessment measures within our lessons in order to collect more accurate data in a quantitative way. Teachers will be instructed to administer these pre/post assessments at the beginning and end of lessons.
There will be a continuous use of ASCA’s M&B as the foundation for developing core curriculum lesson plans. Given that we are one grade level and receive a new population of students every year, the results report from the previous school year will be utilized to make inferences about lessons for the following year. As a result, M&B standards and core curriculum lesson will be revised in accordance to the student population’s need for that year.
Data results are important in making decisions about core curriculum lessons. Most of our lessons target behavior and achievement systemically, which will be continued next year given their positive outcome. Nevertheless, we will make changes to improve perception data for more clarity and accuracy.