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NASP Practice Model:
Improving outcomes for students and schools

The NASP Practice Model

  • Delineates skills and services available from school psychologists across 10 domains of practice
  • Describes the general framework within which services should be provided
  • Promotes the connection between school psychologists’ training, standards, and actual practice
  • Recommends a ratio for schools implementing this comprehensive model of one school psychologist to 500–700 students (1:500-700) depending on level of need within the student population
  • Creates the capacity to make the best, most cost-effective use of school psychologists’ skills and expertise, which are an existing but sometimes underutilized resource in schools
  • Allows flexibility for agencies and professionals to develop policies and procedures that meet local needs, while also providing sufficient specificity to ensure appropriate, comprehensive service provision
  • Provides a reference for assessing continuing professional development needs
  • Provides an organized and coherent framework (PowerPoint) to advocate for and communicate about school psychological services

Adopting the NASP Practice Model Helps Schools

  • Improve academic engagement and achievement
  • Facilitate effective instruction
  • Support positive behavior and socially successful students
  • Support diverse learners
  • Create safe, positive school climates
  • Strengthen family–school-community partnerships
  • Improve student, classroom, and school-wide assessment and accountability
  • Invest existing resources wisely

School Psychologists:
Helping children achieve their best in school, at home, in life

School psychologists (PDF)are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support teachers’ ability to teach and children’s ability to learn (PDF). They 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. They have particular expertise in data collection, analysis and interpretation for student achievement and school improvement. School psychologists can be a valuable resource for school administrators, teachers and other staff.