Every student deserves an educational system that provides the support they need to succeed — in school and in life. The National Partnership for Student Success unites schools, families, and communities to provide the “people power” to help them reach their goals.

The Biden Administration announced the formation of the National Partnership for Student Success as a response to COVID-19’s impact on student academic well-being.

The initiative aims to unite local, state, and national education and service organizations to provide evidence-based, people-powered student support to schools nationwide.

Johns Hopkins School of Education experts lead the support hub for the program, which will add about 250,000 additional tutors, mentors, success coaches, post-secondary transition advisers, and wraparound support coordinators to the ranks of American educators over a three-year timeframe.

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250,000 Support Personnel

NPSS will add about 250,000 more tutors, success coaches, and more over a three-year timeframe.


Robert Balfanz

Professor of Education and Co-Director, National Network of Partnership Schools

“We will be bringing trained, supported, and vetted adults with education and wellness expertise to work side-by-side with principals, teachers, and counselors to get the right support to students.”

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Robert Balfanz is a nationally recognized expert in secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate, and instructional interventions in America’s schools, with a particular focus on high-poverty schools. His analysis of New York City Public Schools’ work to end absenteeism showed measures significantly improved attendance.

Prepared to Thrive: National Partnership for Student Success

America’s students have great potential to learn and thrive in school and in life, but they need caring adults to help them face the educational and mental health challenges of our time. When we all work together, we can help them get there. NPSS is a public-private partnership committed to that vision.


  • Tutor and Mentor Training
  • Coaching Skills
  • Coaching Skills Community-Building and Engagement
  • Relationship-Building

Focus Areas

To improve reading and math skills, increase graduation rates, end chronic absenteeism, and lift student well-being and mental health, NPSS focuses on key, evidence-based support roles proven to help.

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    Transition Coaches

    Experts aid with the college search, applying, and financial aid, and guide students into their post-secondary lives.

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    Tutoring and Mentoring

    High-impact tutoring and mentoring fuel learning gains by augmenting classroom experiences and complementing the existing curriculum.

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    Integrated Supports

    Helping schools establish community connections and systems improves physical health, mental health, and social services.

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    Success Coaching

    NPSS delivers integrated, relationship-driven social, emotional, academic, and youth development inspiration.