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Model Standards for School Leaders Getting an Update

This summer, two national education organizations will revise the model standards for the preparation, performance, support, and evaluation of school leaders. The work is expected to be completed in October.

With renewed support from the Wallace Foundation, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA) will convene panels to update the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, last updated in 2008, and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, last revised in 2011. The effort also includes drafting new standards for superintendents or other central-office staff who supervise principals.

The ISLLC standards, originally developed through CCSSO and more recently known as the Educational Leadership Policy Standards, provide voluntary guidelines to states and districts regarding on-the-job expectations for principals and other school and district leaders.

The NELP standards, originally developed by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, apply to preparation programs for these leaders and are used in accreditation decisions.

NPBEA is an umbrella organization for several associations concerned with school leader development and supervision including AACTE, CCSSO, principals’ groups, and others. The board is currently chaired by Jim Cibulka, president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

For more information about the standards update, read the press release.


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Kristin McCabe

Editor, AACTE

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