Next Steps: Using the NASP Practice Model to Inform Personnel and Program Evaluation

As you work to align your district's personnel and program evaluation processes with the NASP Practice Model, these implementation steps can serve as a general guideline for your efforts.

  1. Inform district educators and administrators on the basics of the NASP Practice Model, and discuss how adopting the model could improve services to students and help make school psychologists more valuable resources to the system, families, and students.
  2. Examine school district policy and advocate for the adoption of the NASP Practice Model as the foundational basis for official district policy such as job descriptions, job posting announcements, personnel evaluation systems, and more.
  3. Examine the school district’s school improvement goals and determine where school psychologists could contribute their expertise. Structure job assignments to ensure relevant participation by school psychologists in school improvement efforts.
  4. Examine school district practices as they relate to the organizational principles of the NASP Practice Model. Set school improvement goals that gradually move the district practices into closer alignment with the standards.
  5. Design professional development for school psychologists to strengthen skills needed to support the district’s school improvement plan.
  6. Conduct an annual evaluation of the school psychological services program to determine the cost and benefits of school psychologists working within the NASP Practice Model.