School Counseling

The Pulaski County Special School District School Counseling Department provides leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program in 25 elementary and secondary schools. Thirty-two counselors serve students in grades K -12 in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and college/career readiness. The school counseling program focuses on providing services and activities that target positive student outcomes. These activities range from

  • preventive classroom guidance activities
  • individual and group counseling
  • referrals to community agencies
  • consultation with teachers, parents, administrators, and community leaders
  • crisis intervention
  • assessment interpretation

The mission of the PCSSD counselors is to provide a proactive, data-driven program that serves the needs of all stakeholders. PCSSD counselors believe:

  • All students should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program in a safe and inclusive environment.
  • All students can learn and be successful.
  • All students have the ability to adapt to an ever-changing technological society


We are off to a great year and continue to operate under a new normal. We are excited to offer opportunities for students to show what they are ready to learn by participating in the NWEA MAP Growth assessments. These evaluations guide teachers on how to help students continue to learn. We will begin assessing students in grades K – 12 in the next week. Each school may have a different schedule. We want to help you prepare your child for the MAP test. You can help your child by reviewing this letter, watching the videos, and helping your child take a practice test. This document will help you prepare your child to take the MAP Growth test. Your child’s school will contact you regarding the test schedule.

What is MAP Growth?

MAP Growth helps teachers understand what students know today, so goals can be set to improve growth throughout the year. Students cannot pass or fail this test. This test will not affect grades. In fact, it’s normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. Please don't help them! Given the challenges of learning from home, MAP Growth test results are especially helpful for us this year. These results will help us know what students are ready to learn.
Test Preparation

Prior to Test Day

  1. Make sure your device has an internet connection
  2. Disable pop-up blocking on your internet browser
  3. Make sure your device meets testing requirements using the Device Readiness Check
  4. Make sure your child has headphones
  5. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video
  6. Practice the test at practice.mapnwea.org (Username: grow, Password: grow)

On Test Day

  1. Minimize distractions for your child as much as possible
  2. Provide a quiet testing environment
  3. Allow the teacher/proctor to open the session first
  4. Log in at test.mapnwea.org
  5. Make sure you have a way to communicate with the teacher/proctor during the test
  6. Follow any additional instructions from the teacher/proctor
Assessment Documents and Resources