The Massachusetts Model

The Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) used The American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs as a guide in designing and developing the Massachusetts Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, which the Lynn English Guidance Department adopted.

The Massachusetts Model Mission Statement

Massachusetts school counselors will develop and deliver counseling programs and services that provide all students with the requisite knowledge and skills for success in the academic/technical, workplace readiness, and personal/social domains.

The Massachusetts Model Vision Statement

To implement standards-based school counseling programs statewide in order to ensure that every student has the necessary academic/technical, workplace readiness, and personal/social knowledge and skills for school and future success. Specifically, the Model envisions school counseling programs that:

  • Advance each school’s mission by operating from a recommended student to counselor ratio of 250:1 with school counselors also acting as leaders and coordinators of program delivery.
  • Support high standards for all students as a means of eliminating the achievement gap by having counselors attend to students’ developmental needs in ways that enable them to achieve success in their endeavors in education, the workplace and society.
  • Implement school counseling interventions in accordance with the Massachusetts Career Development (CDE) Benchmarks by having counselors evaluate, modify, and develop their programs for alignment with the CDE Benchmarks.
  • Are data-driven and accountable by having counselors implement evidence-based interventions, measure student outcomes, and document results regularly.