Policy Priorities

NASP's advocacy efforts focus on specific policy priorities that support children's learning and development and school psychology. Engaging in advocacy on behalf of children, their families, and the profession of school psychology is the responsibility of the association as well as every NASP member and leader.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
ESSA replaces NCLB, and makes some significant changes impacting specific policies and practices at the state, local, and school building level. NASP will need the help of school psychologists in making sure that states and districts implement high quality evidence based school improvement efforts, that utilize the skills and expertise of school psychologists.

School Safety & Climate
School psychologists are uniquely positioned to advocate for evidence-based initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels, which create safe and supportive learning environments that naturally prevent violence and ensure that students have access to the supports they need to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom.

School Mental & Behavioral Health
School psychologists are uniquely trained to deliver high quality mental and behavioral health services in the school setting to ensure all students have the support they need to be successful in school, at home, and throughout life.

Supporting Diverse Populations
Our nation's schools and individual classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse and are comprised of all types of students, including English language learners, Indigeneous children and youth, and students with disabilities.

Role of the School Psychologist
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams who can provide direct educational, behavioral, and mental health services for children and youth, as well as work with families, school administrators, educators, and other professionals to create supportive learning and social environments for all students.