This study posits that the challenges in education sector are too great for the State to address on its own. Thus, PPPs in education offer a set of powerful tools for involving the non-state sector for triggering improvements in state schools. Despite the potential of partnerships to generate insights for education sector reform, there is little or no systematic evidence available for Pakistan to inform policy debate about the relative merits of alternative service delivery mechanisms. Therefore, this study assesses the contribution of the Partnership for Management (PfMs) mechanism towards addressing access, quality and governance challenges. The study asks if PfMs or adopted schools can improve outcomes for state sector schools. Findings suggest considerable improvements in access, quality and governance indicators in PfM schools.