Ritz focuses on improving student guidance counseling

2013-06-18T18:15:00Z 2013-06-18T23:13:13Z Ritz focuses on improving student guidance counselingBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education plans to step up its outreach to school guidance counselors this fall to help better prepare Hoosier students for careers or college.

Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, announced Tuesday staffers at the nine regional education service centers will work with local school leaders to put a special focus on guidance counseling.

"Many times we look at students that are headed to college or students that are headed to a vocation. They are not equal. They're not even close to being equal," Ritz said. "I want equality. I want kids all over the state of Indiana, all of them, to have pathways to what they want to do."

Indiana is among the states with the most students per guidance counselor at a 539:1 ratio, according to National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Ritz told the more than 250 participants at the Indiana Youth Institute's Postsecondary Counseling Institute that too often students float through high school without obtaining the skills or experiences they'll need in the future.

"Kids nowadays, they don't build their resumes," Ritz said. "They don't seem to realize the importance of what it is that they're doing in our secondary schools to make pathways for themselves, no matter what it's going to be."

She said guidance counselors are needed to help break down barriers to student success.

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