Counselor Connection

Counselor Connection

From the desk of Damien Sweeney, Ed.D.

Superintendent School Counseling Use-of-time Survey Due Nov. 1

Legislation passed during the 2019 session requires districts to report information on certified school counselors.

KRS 158.4416 (3)(e) requires: "No later than November 1, 2019, and each subsequent year, the local school district superintendent shall report to the department the number and placement of school counselors in the district. The report shall include the source of funding for each position, as well as a summary of the job duties and work undertaken by each counselor and the approximate percent of time devoted to each duty over the course of the year."

Districts should report this information by Nov. 1 using this survey. It has been broken up into elementary, middle and high school sections for entering time devoted to each duty. 


Hardin County Public Schools are working hard at building a community of school counselors working toward comprehensive school counseling programs. Take a look at the flipgrid they put together to get to know each other a little better at their first meeting. Use flipcode hcscounselors at

ASCA Nat Model

Comprehensive School Counseling

In the first three Counselor Connections we discussed creating an annual agreement with your leadership team, creating a mission and vision statement for your school counseling program and making data-informed decisions. For this edition, let's expand on those data-informed decisions by creating annual student outcome goals.

The American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Model (2019) states, "Annual student outcome goals are statements identifying the measurable impact the school counseling program will have on student achievement, attendance or discipline. They guide implementation of school counseling activities and interventions and promote the school counseling program's vision and mission. Annual student outcome goals are based on school data and focus attention on issues related to a gap in achievement, attendance or discipline."

Use the ASCA templates and resources to see the annual student outcome goal template and please reach out if you'd like further support!

hosting a career fair

GoTeachKY at Your Career Fair

Ensure the teaching profession is represented at your school’s career fair by reaching out to the GoTeachKY team! We would love the opportunity to share information and resources on becoming a teacher with your students and community. Email Erin Ashcraft for more information

Expanded Early Postsecondary Opportunities-Articulated Credit

Secondary school students may earn tuition-free articulated college credit toward postsecondary studies within their career pathway while in high school.

Postsecondary partners have worked with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition (OCTEST) in developing statewide articulation agreements for students to receive articulated credit for completed coursework, meeting benchmark on CTE end-of-program assessment(s) or earning industry certification(s). The agreement requirements and amount of articulated credit may vary with each articulation agreement. Refer to the Statewide Articulation Agreements webpage at KDE for more details.

What is articulated credit? "Articulation" is a term used for ensuring schools at secondary and postsecondary levels work together to assist students in progressing smoothly from secondary to postsecondary programs.  Defined as "a process for linking two or more educational systems within a community to help students make a smooth transition from one level to another by minimizing delays, duplication of courses or loss of credit."

However, as per the agreement, students must be admitted to the postsecondary institution, inform the postsecondary partner of the request for the articulated credit in accordance with the agreement during enrollment and meet the agreement requirements to be awarded credit for prior learning on the student’s postsecondary (college) transcript. If a student meets the agreement requirements but does not enroll at the postsecondary school immediately after high school graduation, they may still be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity years after graduation. Refer to applicable articulation agreement(s) for details.

For assistance with articulated credit questions, contact the specific postsecondary school’s contact available at the link List of all Articulation Agreements or the appropriate OCTEST consultant related to the specific program area. Students also may check with their district or school for any district-level articulation agreements that may exists with postsecondary partners, in addition to the statewide articulation agreements, as an opportunity to accelerate their postsecondary studies.

October 29, 2019

KDE Needs Your Feedback - Early Warning Tool

We deeply value and need your input on the Early Warning Tool to understand things from your perspective. Please take this brief survey; it should take 5-7 minutes to complete. Thank you so much! Email Judi Vanderhaar for more information.

Middle School Task Force

The Kentucky Department of Education is convening a Middle School Career Studies Task to determine the goal(s) of middle school career exploration, identify various implementation options for middle school exploration experiences and determine types of instructional resources needed. If you'd like to be on the task force that helps guide these standards, email Teresa Rogers.

PBS videos, lesson plans provide resources for Bullying Prevention Month

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and PBS LearningMedia are offering a collection of resources that focuses on kindness, empathy and the importance of practicing mindfulness. Click here for the story and resources!

What is a Regional Interagency Council?

RIACs (Regional Interagency  Councils) provide an interdisciplinary structure for coordination of, planning for, and collaboration around services and supports to children and transition-age youth with, or at risk, of developing behavioral health needs and their families. This regionally-based structure builds on existing resources and implements a system of care for children, transition-age youth, and their families to help them function better at home, in school, in community, and throughout life..

RIACs meet monthly and include community partners representing the education system, family resource and youth service centers, mental health centers, public health, community based services, courts, juvenile justice, youth, parents and other community agencies that provide services and supports. For more information contact the RIAC local resource coordinator in your region.

2019-2020 End-of-Course (EOC) Exams for Early Graduation Pathway

The EOCs will be used again this year for students to meet Early Graduation Program requirements for students that have signed an early graduation intent form. However, this will be the final year for EOC exams.

Summative assessments will be used starting the 2020-2021 school year. Note: District assessment coordinators should monitor EOC orders to ensure ordering aligns with a student's Individual Learning Plan.

Orders can be placed Oct. 2-Nov. 15. The ordering guidance document has been updated and posted to the EOC webpage on the Kentucky Department of Education's website. The directions on how to run the ad hoc ordering reports within Infinite Campus also will be included in the document.

As a reminder, there is a difference between a student who is an early graduate and one who graduates early.

The following are the EOC testing dates:

Test Window 1: Dec. 2-13

Test Window 2: Feb. 24-March 6, 2020

Test Window 3: April 20-May 1, 2020

Dual Credit Guidance Available in Latest Webinar

Check out the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) latest webinar, which offers guidance on dual credit. Learn from Kiley Whitaker, Morgan Lovitt  and Damien Sweeney from KDE's Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, and Harmony Little of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

New Minimum High School Graduation Requirements Webcast

Check out this webcast to stay in the loop about the new minimum high school graduation requirements.

Transition Readiness Webcast

Tale a look at this video to learn more about transition readiness and dual-credit partnerships.


happiness lab podcast


Check out The Happiness Lab Podcast to learn ways to improve your happiness. Dr. Laurie Santos is a professor at Yale University. She designed a class about happiness that had the highest enrollment in school history. Listen to Santos' podcast as a way to care for yourself.

Don't ever forget that you are enough and that you are doing the best you can. As always, let me know if you need support!