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For students whose families and friends do not have college-going experience to share, applying to college can be challenging. School counselors can fill the gap, but in many schools—especially those serving students most in need—counselors are spread thin.

This NASBE policy update explores the ways state boards of education can address the challenges school counselors face and better support student transitions after high school.


Enabling School Counselors to Focus on Postsecondary Transitions



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