Utah schools need more counselors

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The national standard is 1 to 250, including elementary schools, but Utah is not the only state where the reality falls far below that ratio.

Utah has the fourth-highest number of students per counselor in the country when grades kindergarten through 12th are included, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics for 2010-2011, the most recent year for which national data is available.

The best ratio — one counselor for every 200 students — was found in Wyoming, while California had one counselor for every 1,016 students. Utah had one counselor for every 726 students, ranking ahead of only California, Arizona and Minnesota.

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