TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A new survey is out regarding how many students are assigned to one counselor.
Indiana has the 8th worst ratio in America.
Two-thirds of jobs require education after high school.
"School counselors are uniquely positioned to help our students receive the education after high school that is so necessary in the 21st century economy,” said Bill Stanczykiewicz, Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO.
The problem is Indiana has 530 students per student counselor.
That's one of the worst ratios in America.
Counselors themselves say they're struggling!
"They're doing so many other things related to social work, helping a troubled child, a girl who might be pregnant, a boy who was expelled, kids who have challenges at home, so our counselors tell us they're stretched,” said Stanczykiewicz.
Stanczykiewicz said there really is a crisis in counseling, making sure kids get the formal counseling they need in school for post-secondary education.
But it's becoming increasingly difficult.
"Students are hungry for education after high school and their parents want to see their kids attain that additional education, and the counselors want to help, the counselors themselves say they are strapped,” said Stanczykiewicz.
But Stanczykiewicz thinks there's a temporary solution for families until the crisis is averted.
"The very best thing for a family is for the parent caregivers to be talking to the school, to reach out to the counselor yourself, and if the counselor is stretched, reach out to the principal and say are there other ways you can help my child,” said Stanczykiewicz.
There are websites, organizations and groups that can help outside of the school to ensure your child gets the higher education they need and deserve.
For more information, head to their website.
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