Counseling Needs Assessment Results
In October the Independence Counseling Department conducted a Needs Assessment Survey to better address the needs of our students. Participants were fifth, eighth and eleventh grade students, their parents, as well as all Independence staff. Over 2,000 students, 700 parents, and 800 staff participated. The survey asked individuals what they deemed important for students to know. Topics included knowing how to work well with others, how to be career ready, and how to be safe at school. With the help of the technology department, counselors gathered helpful data from all stakeholders. District-wide, the top three student needs were: (1) Knowing how to be successful in school, (2) knowing how to work well with others, and (3) knowing school skills to help get a job. We are pleased to note that students, parents, and staff did not choose safety as a high level concern. We believe this indicates that most stakeholders involved with the district feel it is a safe place for our children to grow and learn.
Our Counseling Department strives each year to learn how to be more effective and reach more students. The data from this survey will help counselors focus curriculum and school initiatives. We thank the participants of the survey for sharing your insight. February is National Counselor’s Week (Feb 4-8th) and we invite you to contact your school counselors to find out the Needs Assessment results of your specific buildings. Thank you!