Academic Achievement

Academic Achievement is one of the top priorities for schools and is also one of the three domains of the ASCA National Model.  School counselors play a critical role within school systems to promote academic achievement for students by supporting their social and emotional learning, advocating for them, creating a welcoming environment, and linking what they are learning to their future plans.

Web Resources


Achieve has released the report, Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014, on the progress that states have made in implementing the American Diploma Project which recommends aligning high school policies to meet the demands recent graduates will have in college and careers.

American Psychological Association
APA released the following articles: Teaching Resilience, Sense of Purpose in Schools Can Prevent Depression, Anxiety and Improve Grades, and According To Research.

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance 
This executive summary details how the Center for Disease Control reviewed 50 studies involving physical activity at school and how it improved academic achievement.

The College Board
Resources for professionals about college counseling.

Center on Instruction
The Center is a clearinghouse of information on research-based best practices for instruction to improve achievement in schools.

Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is an organization dedicated to improving student learning.  This website is a forum where success stories are shared.

The NEA Foundation
This site gives information on how to apply for a NEA Foundation grant to improve the academic achievement of students in public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area.  Education support professionals are eligible to apply.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has found that high school students who engage in risky heath behaviors have lower academic grades.  This site provides facts sheet on how the different risky behaviors affect grades.

The Education Trust
National non-profit promoting educational justice and high achievement.

Minority Student Achievement Network
The MSAN studies achievement gaps that exist for minority students.    Based on their findings, the MSAN has recommended practices that will help schools close the achievement gap.

Journal Research Articles


CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.

Evaluation of the True Goals School Counseling Curriculum: A Pilot Study

Zyromski, B., Martin, I., & Mariani, M. (2019). Evaluation of the True Goals school counseling curriculum: A pilot study. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 44(3), 170-183. 

Abstract and Journal Access

A Classroom Intervention to Improve Executive Functions in Late Primary School Children

Benzing, V., Schmidt, M., Jäger, K., Egger, F., Conzelmann, A., & Roebers, C. M. (2019). A classroom intervention to improve executive functions in late primary school children: Too ‘old’ for improvements? British Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(2), 225-238. 

School Counselor Program Choice and Self-Efficacy: Relationship to Achievement Gap and Equity 
Bodenhorn, N., Wolfe, E. W., & Airen, O. E. (2010). School counselor program choice and self-efficacy: Relationship to    achievement gap and equity. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 2156759X1001300304.
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At-Risk Ninth-Grade Students: A Psychoeducational Group Approach to Increase Study Skills and Grade Point Averages
Kayler, H., & Sherman, J. (2009). At-risk ninth-grade students: A psychoeducational group approach to increase study skills and grade point averages. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 2156759X0901200608.
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The Academic Motivation of At-Risk Students in a Counseling Prevention Program
Scheel, M. J., Madabhushi, S., & Backhaus, A. (2009). The academic motivation of at-risk students in a counseling prevention program. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(8), 1147-1178.
Abstract and Journal Access

Closing the Gap: A Group Counseling Approach to Improve Test Performance of African-American Students
Bruce, A. M., Getch, Y. Q., & Ziomek-Daigle, J. (2009). Closing the gap: A group counseling approach to improve test performance of African-American students. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 2156759X0901200603.
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Evaluating a Small-Group Counseling Program-A Model for Program Planning and Improvement in the Elementary Setting
Bostick, D., & Anderson, R. (2009). Evaluating a small-group counseling program—A model for program planning and improvement in the elementary setting. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 2156759X0901200602.
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The Brotherhood: Empowering Adolescent African-American Males Toward Excellence
Wyatt, S. (2009). The brotherhood: Empowering adolescent African-American males toward excellence. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 2156759X0901200615.
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Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement
Houtenville, A. J., & Conway, K. S. (2008). Parental effort, school resources, and student achievement. Journal of Human resources, 43(2), 437-453.
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The Structure and Culture of Information Pathways: Rethinking Opportunity to Learn in Urban High Schools During the Ninth Grade Transition
Cooper, R., & Liou, D. D. (2007). The structure and culture of information pathways: Rethinking opportunity to learn in urban high schools during the ninth grade transition. The High School Journal, 91(1), 43-56.
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Early Adolescents' Aspiration and Academic Tracking: An Exploratory Investigation

Akos, P., Lambie, G. W., Milsom, A., & Gilbert, K. (2007). Early adolescents’ aspirations and academic tracking: An exploratory investigation. Professional School Counseling, 11(1), 2156759X0701100108.
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Peer Exclusion and Victimization: Processes That Mediate the Relation Between Peer Group Rejection and Children’s Classroom Engagement and Achievement
Buhs, E. S., Ladd, G. W., & Herald, S. L. (2006). Peer exclusion and victimization: Processes that mediate the relation between peer group rejection and children's classroom engagement and achievement? Journal of educational psychology, 98(1), 1.
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Linking School Counselors and Student Success: A Replication of the Student Success Skills Approach Targeting the Academic and Social Competence of Students
Webb, L. D., Brigman, G. A., & Campbell, C. (2005). Linking school counselors and student success: A replication of the Student Success Skills approach targeting the academic and social competence of students. Professional School Counseling, 407-413.
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Curriculum Materials


Missouri Center for Career Education
This site has free guidance lesson plans including lessons aimed at academic development.

Promising Practices Network
The Promising Practices Network has screened programs for evidence that they work.  The results for the outcome area “Children Succeeding in School” are listed on their website.

Bibliotherapy Suggestions


Clark, L. (2005). SOS help for parents: A practical guide for handling common everyday problems (3rd ed.). Bowling Green, KY:                  Parents Press. 

Gailbraith, J. (2009). The gifted kids' survival guide: For ages 10 & under (3rd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. 

Gailbraith, J., & Delisle, J. (1996). The gifted kids' survival guide: A teen handbook (Rev. ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit                              Publishing. 

Gordon, T. (1991). Teaching children self-discipline at home and at school: New ways parents and teachers can build self-control,                self-esteem, and self-reliance. New York, NY: Random House.

Hawken, L. S., Pettersson, H., Mootz, J., & Anderson, C. (2006). The behavior education program: A check-in, check-out                                intervention for students at risk. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Rimm, S. (2008). How to parent so children will learn: Clear strategies for raising happy, achieving children (3rd ed.). New York,              NY: Three Rivers Press

Rizzo, S. T., Berkell, D., & Kotzen, K. (1997). Peacemaking skills for little kids: Student activity book (Grade 1). Miami, FL: Peace                  Education Foundation

Schmidt, F., Friedman, A., Brunt, E., & Solotoff, T. (1997). Peacemaking skills for little kids: Student activity book (Grade 2). Miami,            FL: Peace Education Foundation.

Schumm, J. (2005). How to help your child with homework. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.