State Partnerships

What is a State Partnership for Student Success? 

A statewide effort in which a Governor and/or state agency (e.g., agencies focused on P – 12 education, higher education, service or volunteerism, health and human services, children and families, labor, and others) work together with key internal and external stakeholders to expand the number of people serving in one or more of the five NPSS-aligned student support roles.

How do State Partnerships Benefit from Joining the NPSS?

Peer Learning and Connection Opportunities. State partnership stakeholders are provided opportunities to come together with other organizations working towards similar goals and objectives to share ideas, challenges, and learnings.

Communications. The NPSS elevates work happening within state partnerships leading the way to expand, improve, and/or create high-quality, evidence-based programs to support students’ learning and thriving, and can provide a useful frame for tying together multiple state efforts that support a range of student needs.

Access to High-Quality Technical Assistance and Support. State partnership stakeholders have access to a range of technical assistance offerings to help establish, expand, or improve partnerships that bring in more volunteers or staff to support high-quality programming. Technical assistance offerings include, but are not limited to, consultations, webinars, and resources.

How Does a State Join the NPSS?

To be considered a state partnership for student success affiliated with the NPSS, an initiative or partnership must: 

Make a public commitment to expanding the number of people serving in one or more of the five NPSS-aligned student support roles.

Set one or more public or private goal(s) and share progress with the NPSS on an annual basis (or more often if preferred). Participating states are expected to share high-level data on the number of additional adults serving in NPSS roles, but can also set goals on, for example, the number of students served; grant funding awarded, or other metrics of interest to the state.)

Articulate strategies for how the state will support schools, districts, and/or providers to implement and expand high-quality NPSS-aligned supports in the state.

Make a public announcement that the state is joining the NPSS that describes the alignment between the state’s initiative and NPSS.

State Resources

Key Steps in Creating a State Partnership for Student Success

NPSS is working with state and local government agencies to design partnerships for student success that meet their locally determined needs.

Read more about the key initial steps in creating a state partnership.


Technical Assistance from the NPSS Support Hub

The NPSS Hub offers no-cost TA to schools and districts looking to implement, expand, or improve programs offering tutoring, mentoring, student success coaching, post-secondary transition coaching, and wraparound/ integrated student supports.


NPSS Hub Voluntary Quality Standards

The voluntary quality standards are designed for use by schools, districts, and others to better understand essential components of quality, set goals as part of
continuous improvement processes or when designing new programs, and consider prospective partners.


Webinars and Events

The NPSS Support Hub hosts webinars and events targeted at school and district personnel, as well as other stakeholders working in education and youth development. Check out recordings of past events and information on upcoming events.


Looking for more resources?

Check out our comprehensive list of resources based on student support category.

Post-Secondary Transition Coaches

Support post-secondary exposure, college search and fit/match, college application creation, financial aid applications, and navigation of post-secondary transitions.


Academic Tutors

A form of teaching, one-on-one or in a small group, towards a specific goal. High-impact tutoring leads to months of additional learning gains for students by supplementing (but not replacing) students’ classroom experiences. High-impact tutoring responds to individual needs and complements students’ existing curriculum.


High-Quality Mentors

With training and support, facilitate a variety of youth development and enrichment experiences, help youth explore and affirm their identity, provide navigational support around school-to-work transitions, and buffer against adversity in-school, out of school, and over the summer.


Student Success Coaches

Form diverse teams in systemically under-resourced schools to partner with teachers to provide integrated, relationship-driven social, emotional, academic, and youth development supports to enhance student outcomes and create positive learning environments at the classroom and whole school level during and after the school day.


Wraparound/Integrated Student Support Coordinators

Enable schools to build strong connections and systems with community health, mental health, and social service providers. Coordinators put school climate plans and multi-tiered systems of support into action.


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